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->''"Hey, have you folks heard about this Hellboy character? It's okay if you haven't -- there's a big ''#1'' on the cover of this comic I just read, so I assume he's pretty new."''
-->-- '''[[http://comicsalliance.com/hellboy-bprd-1952-first-mission-review/ Chris Sims]]''' on ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} and the ComicBook/{{BPRD}}''

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

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

The solution? Initiate a Continuity Reboot.

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

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

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

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

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

Often called a "re-imagining" by squeamish writers not wanting to admit that they are throwing out previous continuity (though not always, see AlternateContinuity for exceptions), though this causes confusion as "re-imagining" is also used in the same context as "remake": ground-up retellings with no connection to past continuity (''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'', for example, which is credited with popularizing the term "re-imagining" in this context). For when the reboot is is caused by a specific, identifiable character, ''that character'' is a ContinuityRebooter. When it just happens to one person it is RetGone.



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' was originally CutShort in the middle of the story with none of the major mysteries solved. A new version of the manga is being produced but all signs point to a Continuity Reboot, perhaps to erase the stink of the conflict between the publishers and producers that caused the original manga's death. It turns out it's a literal AlternateUniverse. So while it started fresh it circled back around. That's gotta be PlayedWith somehow.
* ''Anime/CasshernSins'' is a DarkerAndEdgier reboot of ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern'', featuring a radically different and more cynical interpretation of the eponymous protagonist.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'' is set in a new universe separate from [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure the first six parts]], though it has some characters, locations and concepts named after those from the original. However, while [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Part 6]] ends with [[spoiler:BigBad Pucci activating his final Stand, Made in Heaven, to reset the universe]], it would appear the ''Steel Ball Run'' universe [[spoiler:isn't created by his actions; he's killed before his universe takes effect, prompting his reset to be undone (with new incarnations of those who died prior to the reset and Pucci himself having never existed)]].
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis: Tokyo 2040''
* ''Anime/DirtyPairFlash''
* The 1994 ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] and the 2013 ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds'' series.
* ''Anime/GallForce: The Revolution''
* Both ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' and ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' for the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA, and afterwards there was a return to the original ''Tenchi Muyo'' OVA continuity.
* Every time ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gets a [[AdaptationOverdosed new adaptation]], it tends to be in a new continuity. Only the original manga and a few later-released [=OVAs=] seem to share continuities.
* ''Anime/ShinMazinger''
* It would certainly seem that every new season of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' was a complete reboot, featuring similar concepts and recurring Digimon, but having a whole different cast of humans with a totally new world to explore. These were clearly cases of [[AlternateUniverse alternate universes]]; the ''Young Hunters'' and the UsefulNotes/WonderSwan games made this fact more obvious, but since [[NoExportForYou they have yet to be released outside of Japan]], the confusion about the casts is forgivable.
* There are three versions of ''Manga/SkullMan'', each with completely different storylines and nothing shared in between aside from a few source materials. Even Skull Man himself is not the same either.
* ''Ginkai no Speed Star'' is a short story set in the ''Manga/WanganMidnight'' universe, [[WordOfGod according to the author]], but the manga discards all the canon ''Wangan Midnight'' story materials and introduced a whole new set of characters for a whole new setting.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Franchise/DCUniverse has had a couple of these justified by CosmicRetcon; most famous is the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' which was a full-on history-redefining reboot but kept the characters the same; ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', which was more of a tweaking than a full reboot; and the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot that changed things even more than the Crisis.
** UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} was originally started by DC rebooting most of its lines of comics starting with ComicBook/TheFlash in 1956, but later extending to ComicBook/GreenLantern, ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, ComicBook/TheAtom, ComicBook/WonderWoman and the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, whose reboot included a slight name change to the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. Most of these reboots also included [[{{Retool}} Retools]] as well to make the series more sci-fi oriented. The original continuity that was displaced by these reboots was later shown to take place in an alternate universe, Earth-Two, which would later regularly crossover with the reboot universe, which was dubbed Earth-One.
** Technically, in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} universe, [[ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen]] and ComicBook/BoosterGold survive the old universe, but only remember their new lives (Barry does apparently remember his time in the ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' universe, but not his old life in the original). And the Green Lantern and Batman continuity has been reproduced in this universe, but otherwise it's a complete reboot, although some of the major stories of the past (such as a version of ComicBook/BlackestNight) still took place.
** Ultimately, the New 52 proved to be a failure and it was {{retcon}}ned with ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' that [[spoiler:the New 52 universe was actually the original universe, but was altered by [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]] about the time ''Flashpoint'' came to its conclusion.]]
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' was {{retool}}ed very heavily several times between 1965 and 1985. They finally gave up and restarted at #1, throwing out all previous continuity. Fans who only knew her from her job as the token woman in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''/''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' didn't understand why suddenly she was ten years younger and could hover, but really, the new Wondie as published was less revisionist than planned. It had gotten that bad.
** Promised to be averted in the post-''Flashpoint'' relaunch. Writer Brian Azzarello says he doesn't intend to retcon anything or give Diana a new origin, but that he does not plan on revisiting or referencing past storylines, deliberately making it unclear as to just how much of Wonder Woman's history is still canon. While the series is of high quality, the promise of no new origin turned out to be a case of LyingCreator.
** ''Wonder Woman'' was also rebooted corresponding to the start of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] in 1956 with ''Wonder Woman'' (vol. 1) #98. Unlike a lot of DC's other Silver Age reboots which completely revamped the characters, Wonder Woman's reboot kept the character mostly the same with a few slight changes, but reset her story to have her leaving Paradise Island for the first time. Among other changes, Wonder Woman was given the ability to glide on air currents and Hippolyta was changed into a blonde.
* This is actually a plot point in the Creator/GrantMorrison run on ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''. Because of the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', Buddy, the titular hero, literally has to reboot his life to avoid a paradox. It's like this: Buddy Baker, the Animal Man, was a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] hero, and thus lived on Earth-Two. After the Crisis, all of the Earths were folded into one, so while Buddy still existed, he was a completely different person but still drew from his Silver Age origin (the accident which gave the original Buddy powers sterilized him, while [[UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age]] Buddy sired two children after he got his powers, not to mention Modern Buddy suddenly became years younger than the original). In order to prevent the paradox, Buddy had to use a RealityWarper machine to rewrite his personal history so it made sense. Got all that?
* ComicBook/ThePunisher. Creator/GarthEnnis basically rebooted the story TWICE. Once starting with the "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank" storyline and AGAIN with ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' series. While the former basically paints over the previous continuity and ignores it (mentioning some of it only in "broad strokes" like the "[[Comicbook/ThePunisherPurgatory Angel-Punisher]]" arc), the latter is a complete reboot set in its own, new "grittier" reality with no superhero characters (although some characters from other Marvel comics, like Microchip, are roped in - albeit with a more "realistic" spin).
* The protagonist of ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' died in a HeroicSacrifice in a 1990 story, and was then killed ''again'', quite horribly, at the end of the ''Darkest Star'' arc. The series was revived in 1999; this {{revival}} established that the prior stories were 'folklore', and the new series was 'what really happened'. This lasted for all of one StoryArc before returning to the original continuity with a series of {{prequel}} stories.
* ''Comicbook/RogueTrooper'' was rebooted in 1989 with a new character, new war, and new planet, but the same basic plot (though with a variant story and different facets emphasized). Later on, the two versions were brought together.
* The ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' did this twice. The first time was set up by ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' and the second more vaguely by ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' then did it a ''third'' time, restoring a version of the Legion mostly like the original. It was later revealed that all three Legions were canon. At the same time. The first Legion is canon to the main DCU. The Zero Hour one is from a universe that was destroyed during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' which "replaced" the first one because of the Time Trapper's interference. The Threeboot universe is a Legion from an existing AlternateUniverse, Earth-Prime, which the Time Trapper tried to replace after the Zero Hour Legion got thrown into the Bleed (or Limbo or whatever).
* ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'': The series continued briefly after Escobar's death, now in the hands of cartoonists Juan Carlos Ramis and Joaquín Cera, who put the characters forward to the 21st century.
* ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog]]'' received one as a result of Ken Penders winning a lawsuit for ownership of all characters and concepts he created and Archie not wanting to pay him royalties to use them. In essence, the reboot made all of the video games canon while making all past issues of the comic canon only in broad strokes. While it has been decently received by the fans, some are understandably upset at the way every ongoing plot prior to the reboot was [[Main/AbortedArc scrapped unceremoniously]] to make way for it. When Archie lost the rights to Sonic and it was transferred to Creator/IDWPublishing, the [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogIDW resulting new comic]] effectively dumped both continuities for its own fresh start.
* ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'' for Earths 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 32, 33, 40, 43, and 50, none of which are their original incarnations - whether that's because of a retool, renumbering from the original Pre-Crisis multiverse, or replacing a different universe with the same number.
** Earth-4 was created and destroyed in ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', and, coming pre-''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', didn't have any influence from it.
** Earth-5's Pre-Crisis analog, Earth-S, was destroyed in the Crisis.
** Earth-6's Pre-Crisis analog was a world where America lost the Revolutionary War and a royal family of superheroes protected the Earth. Its sole survivor was Lady Quark.
** Earth-8's Pre-Crisis analog was a world home to the heroes who debuted after the first Crisis. After ''[[ComicBook/FiftyTwo 52]]'', it was designed as a parody of the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel line of comics and a revision to the Champions of Angor and Extremists. The world still seems to be Marvel-based, but with a team called the Retaliators instead of the Justifiers, for example. The Extremists still exist though.
** Earth-10's Pre-Crisis analog, Earth-X, was a world where the Nazis won and the Freedom Fighters were LaResistance, but had no [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]. It was destroyed in the Crisis. When it was restored in ''[[ComicBook/FiftyTwo 52]]'', it featured a Nazi version of the Justice League, which hadn't been done before. Conflicting portrayals in ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' had a standard generic Nazi League and an America covered in concentration camps. In ''Countdown: Arena'', a Nazi version of the Ray was chosen as a contestant by Monarch, and it was mentioned the current Fuhrer was a woman. Morrison disregarded most of this and reestablished his own version of Earth-10 in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''.
** Earth-16 was classified as the universe home to the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' cartoon, although Morrison has stated he's working on a way that incorporates the TV show with his interpretation of this particular Earth. As of yet, the only incorporation is a one panel reference to the TV show being only a video game on the new Earth-16.
** Earth-17 before the Crisis was a world where all superheroes were created by the government, until Overman (that Earth's version of ComicBook/{{Superman}}) contracted an STD, went insane, and destroyed everything. As part of the 52 Earths, Earth-17 was recreated as a world home to the Atomic Knights.
** Earth-18's status as a western world is taken to the extreme. Originally it was introduced in ''Countdown: Arena'' as home to the ''Justice Riders'' Elseworlds. While that is still partially true, the reason this Earth is western-based is because the Time Trapper meddled in its growth, freezing society in a frontier state but allowing it to develop future technology, such as an internet system based off the telegraph.
** Earth-19 was just home to the ''Gotham By Gaslight'' series, but is now a world home to other Victorian versions of different heroes, including the ''Amazonia'' Wonder Woman, who used to be a native of Earth-34 in ''Countdown: Arena''.
** Earth-26 was designated [[ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Earth-C]] Pre-Crisis.
** Earth-32 was established in ''Countdown: Arena'' as the universe home to ''Batman: In Darkest Knight.'' That seems to still be true, only now this world is home to numerous other amalgamated characters, such as Wonderhawk (Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl), Aquaflash (Aquaman and Flash), Super-Martian (Superman and Martian Manhunter) and Black Arrow (Black Canary and Green Arrow).
** The post-''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'' Earth-33 was originally a magic-based world home to the League of Shamans, but since that was seen in ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', naturally it's been ignored just as everything else from that series was. Earth-33 is now the superhero-less "real world", formerly called Earth-Prime.
** Earth-40, once a pulp SpyFiction world home to "The Justice Files", has been retooled as an EvilCounterpart to Earth-20, which appears to have taken up its mantle.
** Earth-43, a universe home to the ''Comicbook/BatmanVampire'' trilogy, was originally called Earth-1191 in the first Multiverse before the Crisis.
** Earth-50 was originally the universe in which the Creator/{{Wildstorm}} Universe was set. With the universe now merged with the DCU in ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}''[=/=]''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'', it's now the home of the Justice Lords from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Almost fitting, considering WordOfGod said the Justice Lords were based on ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''.
** Earth-C-Minus, the home of the Justa Lotta Animals, is shown to still exist as of ''Captain Carrot and the Final Ark'', though its official designation in regards to the rest of the multiverse is still unknown. The Justa Lotta Animals show up in ''The Multiversity #2'' fighting Earth-26's Zoo Crew. Whether they're native to Earth-26 or their own Earth is unknown.
* Unlike the Franchise/DCUniverse, the Franchise/MarvelUniverse avoided universe-wide continuity reboots for more than half a century, utilizing smaller fixes to maintain ComicBookTime and downplay [[CanonDiscontinuity events they don't want to talk about]]. Even with ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' just happening to obliterate the Marvel Multiverse, the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel'' that follows it is ''still not a reboot''. Of its characters. It's whole new universe out there, though.
* The original ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' continuity ended in 2015 at issue 666. In its place is the ''ComicBook/ArchieComics2015'' continuity, which uses a different art style and is more "modern" than the traditional series.
* ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' is a reimagining of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' set in the 2010s instead of the late 1980s.
* ComicBook/LadyDeath went through several reboots over the course of her publication as she changed publishers: starting out as a supporting character in the ''Evil Ernie'' comic books before becoming a Chaos! comic flagship character until the company went bankrupt. She gained a whole new backstory after her rights were were sold to [=CrossGen=] though the company also went under in two years, with the rights being sold to Avatar, who re-imagined the character ''again''. In 2015, her creator Brian Pulido regained her rights and instead of making a third reboot, has decided to pick it up from the original continuity.
* Decontructed in one ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story: a man has recurring dreams about a woman heís never met before and who apparently never even existed. Heís driven to near insanity by the visions. Then the Hanged Man arrrives and explains whatís happening; [[spoiler:the woman is the manís wife... or rather, she ''was'' his wife, before a ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''-style CrisisCrossover that led to the universe being rebooted. One of the changes in the timeline is that this seemingly random woman has been ''[[AdaptedOut erased from existence]]''. Her husband doesnít have a RippleEffectProofMemory and has been having subconscious memories of what the universe was like before]]. Mercifully, Hanged Man manages to give the poor guy some peace of mind by explaining this, but itís no less horrifying.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Cure Shabon has expressed interest in redoing ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'' and fixing its mistakes in the form of a new product called ''Fragrant Pretty Cure''. As of now, there isn't any more information than that.
* ''Fanfic/ReimaginedEnterprise'' is a FixFic for the entirety of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. It starts the series over from square one and makes significant changes to address problems with ENT, while still producing something [[BroadStrokes recognizably similar]].

[[folder: Film]]
* Creator/HammerHorror's re-invention of the classic Universal monster flicks are an example that far pre-dates the "reboot" term.
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] fell in with the regular continuity of both the radio and television versions of the series. However, it was a partial reboot as it erased the events of the final television season (which featured Miss Brooks working at a private elementary school in California, a plot development '''not''' occurring in the concurrent radio series). The movie began by retelling Miss Brooks' initial arrival in Madison. On the other hand, the characters (and actors!) were the same as on the radio and television series and there were many continuity nods throughout the film. [[spoiler: The movie ends with Miss Brooks achieving her SeriesGoal, marrying Mr. Boynton and living HappilyEverAfter.]]
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' (2006) was a partial Continuity Reboot. It was intended to restart the film series, accepting the continuity of ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' and ''Film/SupermanII'' in a BroadStrokes fashion while [[CanonDiscontinuity completely ignoring]] ''Film/SupermanIII'' and ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' Ė but no further sequels were made. It was then fully rebooted in 2013 with ''Film/ManOfSteel'', which started the Film/DCExtendedUniverse.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Following the original four ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movies directed by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, the series was rebooted in 2005 with Christopher Nolan's ''Film/BatmanBegins'', the first installment of FIlm/TheDarkKnightSaga. This movie retold Batman's origin story in a new, grounded, gritty and "realistic" style. It was possibly the first movie to really popularise the term "reboot", with the filmmakers stressing that it was ''not'' a [[{{Prequel}} prequel]] to Burton's 1989 movie.
** Another reboot took place after the conclusion of Film/TheDarkKnightSaga in 2012. The character has been incorporated into the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, making his first appearance in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' in 2016.
* ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' is a Continuity Reboot of the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie series, showing Bond as a 00 agent on his first mission, and giving the movie a much more [[DarkerAndEdgier realistic and serious]] setting and style than those before it.
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (2008) was possibly the quickest a franchise has been rebooted. To give you an idea of how fast: 5 years and after a ''single'' [[Film/{{Hulk}} movie from the previous "continuity"]]. They had been trying to do it in a way that the first film could be counted or discounted as the audience saw fit, but Creator/EdwardNorton insisted on changing the details of the origin to make them incompatible.
* ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'':
** Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001''. The story was entirely unconnected to [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968 the 1968 film]] and its sequels & prequels, with only loose similarities between the two. Despite including a SequelHook at the end, [[StillbornFranchise it never spawned sequels of its own]].
** ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' is another continuity reboot of the film series, more directly inspired by the 1968 version.
* Music/RobZombie's [[{{Film/Halloween2007}} 2007]] [[TheRemake Remake]] of ''[[{{Film/Halloween1978}} Halloween]]'' completely starts the story anew, with an extensive focus on Michael's dark and violent childhood.
** ''[[Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later]]'' ignored all the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies that occurred after ''[[Film/HalloweenII1981 Halloween II]]'' (1981). In the original continuity, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis' character had died before [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers part IV]].
** ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'' drops the first two films with an entirely new, unrelated story as Creator/JohnCarpenter [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] intended the franchise to be a Halloween-themed [[GenreAnthology anthology]] series and not just [[SlasherMovie slasher films]], but the revival of Michael Myers for the fourth film due to his commercial popularity made it appear more like a quasi-reboot of the series afterwards rather than a part of an anthology series.
* The 2006 version of ''[[Film/ThePinkPanther2006 The Pink Panther]]'' starring Creator/SteveMartin as Inspector Clouseau starts with a clean slate and only two characters held over from the original series (Clouseau and Dreyfus). Its 2009 sequel is simply titled ''Film/ThePinkPanther2'', avoiding the original series' IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming.
* ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'', starring Jaden Smith as the titular kid and Creator/JackieChan as the old mentor. It borrows elements from the [[FirstInstallmentWins first film in the series]].
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie tells of Kirk and Spock's early years, mixing this trope with AlternateContinuity through use of the TimeyWimeyBall. WordOfGod made it very clear that the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries universe]] it reboots [[{{Multiverse}} still exists unaltered]] and that this new film series is an AlternateTimeline, thus calming down all of the {{fanboy}}s ''and'' giving themselves room for AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. (Fan reaction has been [[BrokenBase divisive]], but the new films are doing well from a financial and critical standpoint.)
** Though it lacks the canon-weight of a series or movie, the MMORPG ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' is set back in the original timeline, about 30 years after after ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Star Trek: Nemesis]]'' and incorporating a few other elements in the back story of the 2009 pre-boot.
** Currently, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is the one series that remains canon for both timelines, having taken place a century before they diverged. It receives appropriate {{Continuity Nod}}s in the current film series.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series first did it with ''[[Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla Godzilla 1985]]'', which was presented as a direct sequel to the original film ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' and ignored the numerous films in between. Later the concept was taken to extremes when, starting with ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'', three films in a row all were made as direct sequels to the first film. These films were deliberately set in different continuities as "auditions" for various different approaches. After ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' bombed, Creator/{{Toho}} rushed their franchise back into production, so they didn't have time to do the development behind the scenes and thus tested out their options more publicly. The "winning" production team was the one that made the second Millennium-era film, ''Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus'', but instead of continuing that reality, they started a distinct, fourth one which lasted for two films (''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' and ''Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS''). When the series proved commercially unsuccessful, they then did one last film, ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', in a fifth distinct reality (Toho's seventh overall).
** ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' is one for both the original Toho films and the 1998 American film.
** Toho later started plotting a different, separate from Legendary, Godzilla film of their own for 2016 with ''Film/ShinGodzilla'', which is a pure reboot, even ignoring the original ''Gojira'', which may lead to ''two'' running alternate continuities at once.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' has had three films, none of which are connected to the others in any way. It also beats out ''TheHulk'' for turnaround time, four years to Hulk's five. This was largely because [[Film/ThePunisher2004 the second film]] was actually successful. ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' was intended as a direct sequel, and became a reboot only when Thomas Jane dropped out. The Punisher's subsequent appearance in the Netflix ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' series rebooted him a third time.
* Following the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'', the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' films were rebooted in 2012 with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', just five years after ''Film/SpiderMan3''. Then, after ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' was made in 2014, [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries this continuity]] was abandoned and the character was rebooted again: From here on, Spider-Man would be incorporated into the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, first appearing as a supporting character in 2016's ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' before getting his first MCU solo film in 2017's ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''.
* Josh Trank's ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 The Fantastic Four]]'' (2015) is a reboot of the ''Film/FantasticFour'' franchise, released a decade after the first installment and eight years after the sequel (''Rise of the Silver Surfer'').
* Although it wasn't explicitly marketed as such, ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'' (2002) was a continuity reboot of the ''Literature/JackRyan'' film series -- including ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' (1990), ''Film/PatriotGames'' (1992) and ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' (1994) Ė intending to revitalise the series with a new younger lead actor. Ten years later, ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'' (2014) was a more straightforward example.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' was rebooted [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 in 2009]].
* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' was rebooted [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 in 2010]], with Creator/JackieEarleHaley taking over the role of Freddy.
* Cloud Ten Pictures is aiming to reboot the ''Film/LeftBehind'' film series, starting with the first book.
* The original ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' had four direct sequels ignoring each other. The reboot of the first movie is currently in DevelopmentHell.
* Sony Pictures' live-action/CGI ''Film/TheSmurfs'' film series is getting a reboot in 2017 after the performance of ''Film/TheSmurfs2'' in the theaters, switching to all-CGI and different character models.
* Sony's ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' is a reboot of the original ''[[Film/Ghostbusters1984 Ghostbusters]]'', despite the trailers trying to convince viewers otherwise.
* In ''Film/IngridGoesWest'', Ingrid's request to start over a relationship registers in Dan's mind as a type of "reboot," a [[ConversedTrope reference to the comic book trope]].

* When writing the novel of ''Literature/TheWorthingSaga'', Creator/OrsonScottCard didn't have access to his original short stories, and while he did his best to recreate their plots from memory, upon finding the stories again he decided the novel had become too different to fit with them again. Later editions, however, include the best stories in the back of the book as an AlternateContinuity.
* ''Literature/JamesBond'' got one in 2011 when Creator/JefferyDeaver was commissioned by Creator/IanFleming Publications to write a new CT''Bond'' book. The title of that book? ''Carte Blanche''.
* A series of {{Tarzan}} novels by Andy Briggs features a setting update and Tarzan at age 18 serves as a reboot.
* Creator/IsabelAllende wrote an origin story Franchise/{{Zorro}} novel, as well as a short story for a Moonstone Books anthology called ''Tales of Zorro''. Creator/JanAdkins wrote a short novel called ''The Iron Brand'' in continuity with this novel by Allende. However, due to the sloppy continuity of [=Johnston McCulley's=] original Zorro novels and short stories, whether this counts as a reboot stands as unclear. (In the late 1990's, a series of novels with Zorro came out from Tor.)
* Creator/MartinCaidin wrote an origin novel for ComicStrip/BuckRogers called ''Buck Rogers: A Life in the Future''. (Buck Rogers debuted in the novel ''Armageddon 2419 A.D.'' by Creator/PhilipFrancisNowlan. Creator/JohnEricHolmes wrote a sequel to ''Armageddon 2419 A.D.'' called ''Mordred''.)
* In Creator/WilliamShatner's ''Quest for Tomorrow'' books, the main character Jim Endicott begins to develop certain powers and, by the third novel, has the power to literally alter the course of TheMultiverse. Which he does, by altering his own fate, resulting in him never getting those powers in [[TheEarthPrimeTheory the prime universe]]. The following two books are about a different Jim Endicott (who even changes his last name to hide from enemies). While it seems as if certain events may repeat themselves, the fact that Shatner stopped writing the series makes it unlikely we'll ever find out.
* Creator/AndrewJonathanFine wrote a new continuity in 2014 called ''Literature/AlouettesSong'' for the circa 1928 now-come-into public-domain novel 'TheSkylarkOfSpace' from Literature/SkylarkSeries by E. E. Smith.
* Following the purchase of [=LucasArts=] by Creator/{{Disney}}, all ''Franchise/StarWars'' books (and any other media besides ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'') written prior to the introduction of the sequel trilogy have been de-canonized and placed under the "Legends" label. After the inevitable fandom outcry, the Disney marketers hastily changed "de-canonized" to "AlternateContinuity", though the overall effect is the same. They have also opened the door to bringing back pieces of that canon should they be included in new Expanded Universe works, which has already started happening.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is a "re-imagining" of the original series. Notably, only the pilot Miniseries, "The Hand of God", and the two-part "Pegasus/Resurrection Ship" episodes directly adapt events or characters from the original series. Unlike the Original Series, the Reimagined universe itself has no aliens and few planets--the drama is contained to the humans and their Cylon creations alone.
* The new ''Series/BionicWoman'' is an example of a reboot which was not well-received. Which was NBC's fault for replacing the original writing staff with writers from ''Series/FridayNightLights''. Because after all, female cyborgs and Texas high school football are EXACTLY alike. There never was much chance they could do it right, because doing it right requires ignoring some of the accepted conventions of "action-adventure TV" in today's climate. To be fair, part of the problem was the producers had the rights to the title Bionic Woman, the name Jaime Sommers, the term bionics, ''and that was pretty much it.'' As a result they had no choice but to reboot the continuity and try to put a show together without Steve Austin or Oscar Goldman.
* The popular television series ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' debuted in 1997, rebooting continuity from the comparatively poorly received [[Film/{{BuffyTheVampireSlayer}} 1992 movie of the same name]], but acknowledging BroadStrokes of the film events.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderSkyrider The All-New Kamen Rider]]'' (a.k.a. ''Sky Rider'') and ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' were originally intended as reboots of the franchise, but they ended up being in the same continuity as the original shows (for ''Black'', the {{retcon}} occurred in its sequel series ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'' when the ten previous Riders guest-starred in the final story arc). The franchise's Heisei era (from 2000 and onward) was a reboot into a new multiverse, of which the previous Riders' single shared universe was ''not'' part of... until ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' reincluded it in the multiverse.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' then went and {{retcon}}ned ''all'' of the previous Kamen Rider shows into a single, continuous timeline, with Gentaro and his buddies watching archived footage of RX, ''[[Series/KamenRiderSuper1 Super-1]]'', ''[[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]]'', and the original ''Series/KamenRider'' in the second episode. ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' later reinforced this idea by having all of the lead Heisei-era Riders show up in its GrandFinale.
** In general, the Heisei-era ''Kamen Rider'' altered some {{Recurring Element}}s, such as switching from cyborgs to normal humans while retaining the transform belts. [[WordOfGod According to Toei]], they don't want to make a ''Kamen Rider'' character with backstories of UnwillingRoboticisation ever again.
** ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'', ''Film/KamenRiderTheNext'', and ''Series/KamenRiderAmazons'' served as ''Main/DarkerAndEdgier'' reboots to early Showa-era show s. The mid-2000s film duology were reboots to the original ''Series/KamenRider'' and ''[[Series/KamenRiderV3 V3]]'' while Amazons was a reboot of ''[[Series/KamenRiderAmazon Amazon]]''
* ''Series/{{V 2009}}'' series is a reboot of [[Series/{{V 1983}} the two miniseries and regular series]] from the 1980s.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (the cable series that ran for ten seasons) is actually a reboot of a local Minnesota series that aired on KTMA TV-23. When the show's creators began making episodes for The Comedy Channel (later Comedy Central) they decided to retroactively treat the KTMA series as a 40-hour long pilot for the cable series. The first national season of episodes for The Comedy Channel is, therefore, treated as the show's first official season. This allowed them to rethink various aspects of the show. Notably, J&TB ended up re-watching nine movies in the third season without mentioning that they'd actually seen them before, unofficially.
* There was a 2009 miniseries version of ''Series/{{The Prisoner|2009}}'' that took the basic concept of the Village and a few character names (such as Two and Six), then took the whole thing in a totally different direction (including providing an explanation for the existence of the Village that would be impossible in the continuity of [[Series/ThePrisoner1967 the original series]]).
* ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' - while both series were created by Roger Damon Price and had the same basic premise, the 90s remake of the 70s children's TV series shared no continuity.
* Averted by ''Series/DoctorWho'', which was revived in 2005, and which bucked the trend by soon establishing that it was a full {{Revival}} of the 1963-89 series, not a reboot or reimagining. To this day, however, some media continue to refer to it as a reimagining, despite (at least in BroadStrokes terms) all of the earlier stories still being in continuity.
** However ''WebAnimation/DeathComesToTime'' seems to be intended as a reboot. Despite coming out after the Movie it appears to follow a different continuity, due to [[spoiler:the 7th Doctor being KilledOffForReal]].
* The {{Creator/Netflix}} ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' series is set in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, and ignores the events of the [[Film/{{Daredevil}} live-action movie]] and its [[Film/{{Elektra}} spin-off]].
* ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}'' is the second attempt at an adaptation of ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' books, starting again with ''City of Bones'' -- the first book in the series, ignoring the previous film adaptation -- ''Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones'' and featuring a different cast.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* A rare in-company example would be Wrestling/{{WCW}}, which was rebooted from scratch when Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/VinceRusso became the new creative team in April 2000. It ultimately didn't work, as WCW was gone within the year.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} rebooted early in 1984, after the company officially went national and Wrestling/HulkHogan became its first worldwide media darling. Anything that happened in WWE prior to '84 is rendered in BroadStrokes.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' was a reboot of the tangled continuity of the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness''.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has gone through several editions, each changing the game engine; although in some cases they've excused sudden changes in physical and supernatural "laws" with variations of AWizardDidIt or recovery from an ApocalypseHow, there have been instances in which they simply declared a Continuity Reboot with all past events subject to BroadStrokes.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' had been establishing a continuity/timeline for some time, before it received a reboot that changed the setting from the 1920s to the modern day.
* The third edition of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is wiping most of the past two editions (although the writers take pains to tell everyone it's taking more cues from the first than the second) and starting from the baseline. Even the map is being revised, and there are multiple new Exalt types.
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' is a reboot of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' which is set after the ''[[TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes The End Times]]'' campaign that resulted, [[MeaningfulName fittingly enough]], in the complete destruction of the entire universe at the hands of the Forces of Chaos. Well, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence not]] ''[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence complete]]'' [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence destruction]], as it turns out....
* ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' second edition reboots the first edition: while the setting's still a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantasy version of 17th century Earth]], countries and continents have been added, the politics and cultures of existing countries have been tweaked a bit, and aliens have been removed from the setting.

[[folder: Toys]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' is rebooted with the [[Toys/{{Bionicle2015}} 2015 toy line]] with a more simplified, less continuity-heavy mythology and a {{ReTool}}ed building style.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has had four core reboots. All four gens take place in different continuities from the looks of it. G3 received a soft reboot near the end which [[FanNickname fans call]] the "Core 7", which removed many ponies from production and revamped the existing ponies slightly.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdgeCatalyst'' is one for the original ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''. The reason for the reboot ''might'' be of the ContinuityLockOut variety since the original didn't sell that well and the creators wanted to sell more than the first game did but at the same time didn't want newcomers to the series to feel hesitant to buy the game due to never playing the first one. Or maybe they just wanted a fresh start, who knows. But alas, it was still plagued by the poor sales of it's "older sister" game. Maybe First Person Parkour is too niche?
* Ever since Playfirst started to make games in the app industry, they rebooted the ''VideoGame/DinerDash'' franchise twice; the first one, Diner Dash Rush, acted as a filler game. The second reboot, which didn't happen long after the first one, is where the full reboot happens.
* The ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' franchise was rebooted as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro''. ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' was then partly another ''Spyro'' reboot and partly a new franchise launch.
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHeroLive'' drops the bass guitar and drums that were introduced in "VideoGame/GuitarHero: World Tour", as well as using FullMotionVideo for the on-disc songs.
* After the bombing of ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAngelOfDarkness'', the switch to Crystal Dynamics also brought in a complete shake-up of Lara's back story and general canon. However, various hints throughout the last few games and [[AllThereInTheManual background material]] makes it obvious that most of the previous games did still happen in the new continuity.
** The Creator/SquareEnix published ''VideoGame/{{Tomb Raider|2013}}'' is a complete reboot. The new continuity features a fresh out of university Lara, with very little combat experience. This Lara is very down to earth and though she is still very brave and crafty she still easily succumbs to fear and panic when she gets captured, is alone or is forced to kill. Though this change is not a bad thing in most respects it's still [[ValuesDissonance an extremely jarring departure if you've always known her as the semi-cocky, self-reliant, one woman army who almost literally spits in the face of danger]].
* ''VideoGame/BombermanActZero'' was intended to be a DarkerAndEdgier reboot of the Bomberman franchise. It failed so spectacularly, the series returned to normal immediately after and ''Act Zero'' became an OldShame and CanonDiscontinuity.
* Supposedly ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' was to be an event within the original ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' franchise obliquely, giving obscure continuity nods to those familiar with the earlier games. When ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' came out, it changed much of the tone and storyline of the game to make the new games into a Continuity Reboot, and since ''The Sands of Time'' wasn't linking it to past games, it wasn't too jarring. The [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008 2008 game]] is another continuity reboot entirely, with a completely different game style. The franchise then inverted this trope by ignoring the 2008 game and releasing a title set in the ''Sands of Time'' continuity, entitled ''The Forgotten Sands''.
* ''Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare'' disregarded the story of the original ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'' trilogy and changed the timeframe from the 1920's to the modern era. The franchise was rebooted again in [[Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008 2008]], although it is implied that Carnby there is the same one as the original trilogy, having been kept in stasis by Lucifer for 70 years.
* Thanks to an UpdatedRerelease, ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Original Generation}}s'' resets continuity with the inclusion of new characters and scenarios not seen in the original UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance incarnations, and thanks to Banpresto rectifying a massive {{flanderization}} of a certain villainous character, [=OGs=] allowed ''Original Generation Gaiden'' to occur, wherein said character [[spoiler:pulls a massive, well-deserved HeelFaceTurn to help the heroes during their times of woe.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' is a reimagining of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', partly because its creator wanted to widen the scope of the story, and partly because he was working for Namco, and didn't have access to Squaresoft's copyrights.
* ''Backyard Baseball 2007'' is essentially a reboot of the [[VideoGame/BackyardSports series]], even though the writers do not say so. Several characters have been removed and [[ReplacementScrappy replaced with more annoying characters]], and the ones left in have a new backstory (with a few exceptions).
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' is a reboot of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' franchise, set outside of Koji Igarashi's official timeline.
* One oft-cited possible reason for ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore''[='=]s CapcomSequelStagnation is this: Every time they start with a new number, it is always a new continuity almost unconnected with previous games à la ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Example: the Earth-centric original Armored Core, which shifts to Mars-based ''Armored Core 2'', which reboots back to Earth-based ''Armored Core 3'' (the longest continuity with 5 games under this setting), and then the PresentDayPresentTime ''Armored Core 4''.
* ''{{VideoGame/Turok}}'' did one by Disney (seriously, though under their [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone brand]]) in 2008, adapting a more generic SpaceMarine theme. It wasn't a bad game, with great graphics and some fun gameplay elements, but sadly it only managed to attain SoOkayItsAverage status as a whole. [[FranchiseKiller Due to the ho-hum response both critically and commercially, the planned sequel was scrapped.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' rebooted the canon established by the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''-series games. Though cities' names are the same, they look completely different and no characters from the previous games appear. It also has a DarkerAndEdgier storyline while still retaining the humor of the series.
* In the sixth game of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project'' series, the series shifted from the UsefulNotes/PC98 to Windows 95. While some things from the PC-98 era were kept, the continuity began anew for the Windows era.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', the first ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' game published by Creator/WarnerBros, mixes this trope with AlternateContinuity: picking up right where ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' left off, Raiden is about to be killed by Shao Kahn and thus invokes the TimeyWimeyBall by sending a telepathic message to his ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' self, warning him of events to come. The game thus visits altered versions of the first [[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 three]] [[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 games]] as twisted by a Raiden with knowledge he wasn't supposed to have back then, attempting to prevent ''Armageddon'' from even happening.
* When Creator/{{Ubisoft}} acquired the rights to the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series following 3DO's bankruptcy, they decided to make an entirely new setting (Ashan) from scratch. ''Might & Magic X'' implies that Ashan might actually be in the original [[TheVerse Verse]], but it is still a different world with no story-connections to any of the old worlds.
* ''VideoGame/SteelBattalion'' is set around 2080 (to begin with) and revolves around a conflict between the Pacific Rim Forces and the Hai Shi Dao, mostly involving advanced [[AMechByAnyOtherName Vertical Tanks]] with extreme computerization. ''Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor'' is set in 2082, features some United States soldiers landing on [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]] in a very Omaha Beach-esque sequence to confront an unknown enemy, and the Vertical Tanks are all now [[WalkingTank squat-looking things]] without computers to ease their operation, for microprocessor production has ceased and thrown the world into a DieselPunk setting. This trope is the only remotely plausible explanation for such drastic changes, besides InNameOnly.
* ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' made it fairly clear that any WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit cartoons that weren't made by Creator/WaltDisney no longer exist. [[CanonDiscontinuity Or at least we're going to pretend they don't.]]
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head On'' disregarded the two 989 Studios developed games and continued directly from ''[=TM2=]''. Now the series is being completely rebooted on the [=PS3=].
* ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' is one to the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' franchise. The new Dante has little to do with his white-haired counterpart, he uses a WhipSword and has apparently angelic powers. The universe is quite different too. It's stated to be an alternate universe.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The franchise rebooted a lot of things in Gen III. It told that there actually were Dark- and Steel-types before Gen II and even more Pokémon than Gen II featured; essentially, it changed the nature of introducing new Pokémon from that of "new discoveries" to "Pokémon that have always existed but are only just being featured for the first time".
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' implies it and ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' are reboots set in an AlternateUniverse from the pre-3DS games. ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' confirms this with [[spoiler:the appearance of Anabel from ''Pokémon Emerald'', who came to the new universe from the pre-Gen VI one]]. However, unlike most reboots, it's implied the old games still happened in mostly the same way, the only difference being that [[ForWantOfANail Mega Evolutions exist thanks to AZ firing his weapon in the distant past]].
* The GoldenEnding of the original ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' left no room for a continuation without a complete cast change, and there were a number of things in the game that really put off players anyway, such as the gameplay. Thus ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' was made as a revamp of the series with improved game mechanics and a whole new story.
* It's said that ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' was meant to have been a reboot (or at least lead TO a reboot) of the Sonic games for the modern age. However, with how bad the game was thanks to being ChristmasRushed, the only thing the game did was RetCon itself out of continuity. Even this is also thrown out the window with ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', which treats ''Sonic 2006'' as canon as well as every other 3D ''Sonic'' game.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' took the 25+ years of continuity for the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' universe and effectively pitched it in the bin. Oh sure, some of the names have been retained, and ''some'' of the background elements are the sort-of the same, if you tilt your head and squint. But none of the long term ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' players were fooled by the game's advertising, which was that the ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' universe was just the old ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' universe with a new coat of paint.
* The 2014 ''VideoGame/{{Thief|2014}}'' reboot, based off of the original ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'', one of the pioneers of the StealthBasedGame. Interestingly, the new game seems to have a ContinuityNod to the ending of the original trilogy, with Garrett mentoring a young female thief.
* The ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' series underwent a reboot in 2001. This "New Age" Goemon had a new futuristic setting and made major changes to the characters, including turning Ebisumaru into a ShyBlueHairedGirl and replacing Yae by a ShortTank named Yui. The reboot lasted for two games but apparently didn't catch on; the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS game seems to give it a TakeThat.
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero'' is a reboot of the ''Franchise/StarFox'' series, being partially a remake of ''VideoGame/StarFox64''. ''Star Fox 64'' itself was a reboot of ''VideoGame/StarFox1''.
* ''VideoGame/Prey2017'' takes the basic premise of ''VideoGame/Prey2006'' of being hunted by alien monsters on a space ship, while having no direct relation to the previous story.
* ''VideoGame/TamingDreams'' is a reboot of ''VideoGame/{{MARDEK}}''.
* The Frogwares ''Sherlock Holmes'' adventure games have always existed in an ambiguous state as far as a series canon goes: the different games often included nods to one another, but they shared no significant continuity or chronology, included a frequently shifting voice cast for Holmes and Watson, and were often very different in tone and style from one another. However, the release in 2016 of the eighth game, ''Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter'', confirmed that at least the previous two games had taken place in the same universe, and that a conscious effort had been made to distinguish this Holmes as "new", with a new voice actor and much [[AgeLift younger-looking]] character models for him and Watson. Whether this means the first five games in the series were also canonically connected is less clear, but the announcement of the deliberate reboot is the first official word on the subject at all from the developers.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' is the first main entry in the series not to have the stories of its pre-made characters take place in the same universe as [[VideoGame/TheSims the original game]] (to which ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' was a sequel and ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' was a prequel). Instead, a selection of the most popular characters from across the franchise have been drawn together in what's officially being called an AlternateUniverse, regardless of their position in the timeline of the original canon. This was probably done to combat the increasing ContinuitySnarl that the series had been experiencing, especially since the intended focus of the games is on the player's own creations rather than the canonical characters.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' series pulled this with it's American release of Lunar Knights. Boktai 3 was [[NoExportForYou never released]] in the United States, and those who got their hands on the translated patch had to suffer through a nonsensical story, [[SequelDifficultySpike an abrupt difficulty hike]], the obnoxiously long motorcycle scenes, and [[TheScrappy Trinity]]. Lunar Knights gives only vague {{Continuity Nod}}s at best to the previous games but otherwise stands as it's own lone story.
* The 2013 ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' game is not a continuation of the story from ''Killer Instinct 2''. However the new story uses pieces of the original continuity to build its backstory (so for instance [[spoiler:Jago and Orchid are still siblings in this timeline]], which was a detail from ''Killer Instinct 2'').
* Subverted heavily in ''VideoGame/NewDanganronpaV3'' where it takes a new setting different from the previous games. It turns out they are just alternative universes within the game itself, tricking the audience wondering if the clues presented makes it related from the previous games but they actually aren't after the plot twist happens.
* ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburVI'' is a reboot of the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', despite bearing the name of a sequel. After the SoftReboot that ''Soulcalibur V'' attempted by jumping ahead with a seventeen-year TimeSkip and replacing many longtime favorites with [[YoungerAndHipper younger]] and rather [[FlatCharacter poorly-defined]] newcomers, the new designers decided to [[RevisitingTheRoots revisit the roots]] by going back to the setting of the original ''Soulcalibur'' and explore the story that was only referenced but never shown in the past. Additionally, the gameplay and overall design is also a composite of past games, while adding new mechanics of its own.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* The main comic of ''Webcomic/UltimaJava'' underwent a reboot after a change in the creative team, resulting in the creation of ''Ultima-Java: History''. The original web comic was then rehosted as [[AlternateContinuity another universe]], and retitled ''Universe 2''. Since then, the Multiverse has been removed but the comic title remains as ''Universe 2'' as a reference to DC comics Earth 2, where the Golden Age originally took place.
* ''Webcomic/{{Melonpool}}'' - temporarily. After a [[SeriesHiatus lengthy hiatus]] the reboot was [[RetCon retconned out]] in favor of a more modest [[TimeyWimeyBall reset of the timeline]].
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* ''Webcomic/SoreThumbs'': Though now it seems to have SHIFTED BACK to the original timeline. And yes, this means Sawyer no longer has a penis, and that Fairbanks is no longer fat. ...Amongst other things.
* Another web comic example would be ''Webcomic/FurthiaHigh'', which has been rebooted at least once, while keeping most of the main characters (with some names changed), but with new plotlines and format (a page instead of a strip).
* PlayedForLaughs in [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3422 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''.
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' does this for the ''Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}'', not because of Snarl or Lockout but simply because Willis feels the "what if?" is worth exploring.
* ''Webcomic/FuzzyThings'' changed from being about adventurer kids in training to somewhat ordinary kids in a sci-fi/fantasy world. Most of the characters retained their previous personalities though, with the exception of Ixiah who changed completely (from a blue-furred psionic semi-WellIntentionedExtremist the same age as the other kids to Fox's older brother who has his own Middle-school aged group).
* ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' went through a reboot after only six updates that that completely removed half the cast.
* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' played with the concept, specifically DC's post-Flashpoint reboot, by giving a new set of [[http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/10979241054/rebooting-the-justice-league revised]] [[http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/11174072014/rebooting-dcs-villains characters]] [[http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/11344418364/rebooting-batman here,]] then mocked when he had a DC-style reboot of [[http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/11364826489/dc-comics-reboots-dresden-codak his own characters.]]
* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' was an early webcomic that eventually went offline [[AbortedArc mid arc]]. In 2009, it was rebooted completely, with a more focused story arc and a brand new villain.
* From 11/24/2012, ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' went through this, along with the use of a ResetButton. Buckley said it was needed to help return the series back to its "video game jokes" roots.
* ''Pirate Madeline'', made by [[http://randommode.deviantart.com/ RandomMode]] on Website/DeviantArt, has seen at least two reboots, though some speculate that there has been more. At one point, the comic didn't even get finished with the introduction chapter before it was rebooted once again. It is something that the fans has made fun of at times, but as of the newest incarnation, the author has promised that there will be no more reboots. Or at least untill he actually finishes this current continutity.
* ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'' has been rebooted from its original, arguably very confusing form.
* ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'' has gotten a reboot after first few months, as, by the WordOfGod, the original plotline was "all over the place, and not in a good way".
* ''Webcomic/CurseQuest'': Curse Quest rebooted in 2015. The original story established that all the main characters already knew each other, but the reboot seems to move the timeline back as the group is currently missing two of the original main cast. The character of Mogarth has considerably changed personality.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/MaddisonAtkins'', a VlogSeries[=/=]AlternateRealityGame, which was remade in 2009.
* ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' went through a reboot in late 2011 in order for the creator Jonanthan Ian Mathers to merge his six other projects together so he has less to work on.
* ''WebAnimation/{{TOME}}'' is a continuity reboot of the original ''TV Tome Adventures'', which was cancelled after [[ScheduleSlip its creator went to college.]]
* ''WebVideo/YandereHighSchool'' is currently going through a reboot. It includes older characters from the first series in addition to new ones. It also uses new locations instead of reusing the original map.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' has been rebooted in comic format twice. ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is a sketchy example; it makes reference to G1 happenings but takes such history as more BroadStrokes than anything else.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' began a [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 brand new series]] in 2003 based more closely on the [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original comic book]] than [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the original cartoon]]. The ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' crossover event connected both series in a transdimensional crossover meeting each other as well as the original Turtles from the Mirage comic book. In 2012 it was rebooted [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 again]].
* Ditto Spider-Man being updated first in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', then ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', and now ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''.
* And X-Men with ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', cashing in on the film with its own interpretation and continuity separate from the rather faithful (in a BroadStrokes sense) [[WesternAnimation/XMen 90s cartoon]]. And then rebooted again 8 years later with ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' had a [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 2002 reboot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is a reboot of the Avengers concept after the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'' series from a decade prior.
** ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' was initially stated to be a reboot, before WordOfGod clarified that it was supposed to be a sequel to ''Earth's Mightiest Heroes''. The producers have since [[FlipFlopOfGod backed away from this statement]], with in-show evidence supporting the idea that it's a sequel, but only in a serious BroadStrokes sense.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6''. Later done with ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'', as well, not to mention ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** The ''My Little Pony'' animated adaptations have been rebooted three times: once with ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'', again with the DirectToVideo [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 movies of the 2000s]], and once again with the series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' in 2010.
** The ArtEvolution that is G3.5 notwithstanding, the 2000 Direct to Video series was rebooted midway with the introduction of the ''Core 7'' retool. It removed most of the cast except for seven ponies, rebooted Cheerilee completely, and changed Rainbow Dash's personality and accent.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' also has two reboots: the first in 2002 and the second in 2009.
* Franchise/CareBears have also been rebooted at least 3 times: The first reboot came in the 2000 revival, second reboot in [[WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot 2007]] with a complete redesign (but was short-lived), and then rebooted '''again''' in 2009 when Hasbro took back control of the franchise from Play-Along toys.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' got ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' in July of 2011.
* Going by {{Creator/Filmation}}'s Batman as the first Franchise/{{Batman}} cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', and ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' are all reboots.
** Though an episode of ''Brave and the Bold'' indicated that it takes place in a {{Multiverse}} with almost all of the other Batman cartoons (save for ''Beware'', which obviously had not yet aired when ''Brave'' was still running).
* It isn't promoted as such, but the 2011 DirectToVideo film ''Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown'' is this to the original run of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' animated adaptations (which ended in 2006). Adapting material from the strip that had previously been incorporated into the franchise's SaturdayMorningCartoon and the special ''It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown'' in TheEighties, it focuses on the core cast of the strip as it stood in TheSixties (Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroder, Sally, and Snoopy), scales back Snoopy's SpotlightStealingSquad and {{Slapstick}} tendencies, doesn't try to be [[WereStillRelevantDammit "relevant"]], and has sharper humor and a quieter, more melancholy tone than post-''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'' adaptations did. It also disregards the strip and specials' ArtEvolution in favor of using the character and background designs from TheSixties, though it keeps the voice acting style and jazz scoring forever linked to the franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}'' and its card game are American reboots of the short-lived Japanese ''Franchise/DuelMasters'' franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePeople'' has got it's first reboot in 2013. Although where the collectors of the toys is concerned, this may as well be the fifth reboot of the toys (the franchise did not get a TV show until the fourth reboot era).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' was rebooted in 2011 with the animated features ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsTheLegendOfSmurfyHollow'', which both take place in [[Film/TheSmurfs Sony Pictures' film series universe]]. Greedy the village chef was reverted back to Greedy the glutton as in [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs the comic books]], but smurfberries from the cartoon series still remain part of its universe.
* [[http://www.ibtimes.com/pulse/sony-hack-good-bad-weird-movies-studio-wants-make-1758424 Leaked e-mails]] that were stolen as part of a cyber attack against Sony have revealed that the studio has been in negotiations with Creator/{{Nintendo}} to produce an animated film adaptation of ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' that would likely serve as a full ContinuityReboot that would [[CanonDiscontinuity dismiss]] [[Film/SuperMarioBros the]] LiveActionAdaptation as well as [[WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow the]] [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 three]] [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld animated television series]], if rumors are to be believed.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an InUniverse case of a reboot of ''Radioactive Man'' in one episode. ''Immediately'' after [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun killing off the superhero]] in the final issue of the previous continuity, the Radioactive Man series was rebooted with the first issue already ready to sell.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' does this with ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', which trades its focus on action [[LighterAndSofter for comedy]]. It also makes occasional [[TakeThatAudience jabs at older Teen Titans fans]] who aren't fond of the direction the creators took with the reboot.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has the ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' reboot. It is set in the 2010s, is somewhat LighterAndSofter, and features [[TheOtherDarrin new voices]] for the titular sisters.
* After ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' ended in 2014, the Franchise/Ben10 franchise was rebooted as ''WesternAnimation/Ben102016'' in 2016 with a new style to return to its roots. Though Tara Strong reprises her role as Ben, there are [[TheOtherDarrin new voice actors]] for Gwen and Max. When compared to the original, the reboot has 11-minute episodes and borders on comedy and slapstick.
* In 2014 ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' received a DenserAndWackier mini-series reboot.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'' was rebooted in 2015 with a drastically different, more realistic art style. It's [[SettingUpdate more modern]] than the original series as well.
* ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' has an upcoming reboot airing on Creator/{{Netflix}} aimed at updating the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' is a reboot of [[Anime/{{Voltron}} the original series]], which itself had two sequel series in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronTheThirdDimension'' and ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' is neither in continuity with the comics or the original TV series (or the shared universe thereof created through CanonWelding by Boom! Studios' comic line, for that matter), instead creating its own universe.