So we have your PeggySue FixFic in which a character is suddenly sent back to his childhood with future knowledge and/or powers to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.

Then we have your GroundhogDayLoop Scenario in which a character is stuck in a repeating time loop, forced to re-live the same moments over and over again until a certain condition is met. This is typically a type of MentalTimeTravel.

When you combine these two you get the Groundhog Peggy Sue, in which a character is forced to re-live a significant portion of their life over and over again, always looping back to a certain point in their childhood if he dies or reaches a predetermined point in time. The protagonist tends to be a FailureKnight if the loop depends on them saving someone or killing the BigBad. Sometimes the person looping is trying to avoid some kind of [[ApocalypseHow disaster]]; however, no matter what they do, [[YouCantFightFate the future never changes]] unless of course it goes FromBadToWorse.

In some versions of this trope the characters [[TheSlowPath live through each repeat of the loop fully]], while in others they make a change in the past and are instantly transported to the "present" to see what [[ForWantOfANail their actions had changed.]] With so much life experience, they quickly become the most capable of the cast.

A popular subtype of this trope enables the PeggySue to interact with their world in a way [[SuddenGameInterface more typical of video games]] than reality through the import of an original or published system, such as the the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat system and perk system from VideoGame/{{Fallout}}. Common internet terms for this type of fanfic include Life Is a Game, The Video Game Plot, ''[Fandom]: Game of the Year'' and ''[Character] The Gamer''.

This subtype generally begins with the main character waking to their first NewGamePlus after a first playthrough (i.e. canon) characterized by a mandatory HarderThanHard Mode with a [[InterfaceScrew disabled interface]]. Having lost their first game due to their death or the failure of a key plot goal such as preventing TrueCompanions from dying, they're motivated to set right what once went wrong in classic FixFic style. Often the ''only'' character able to [[SaveScumming manipulate the loops via a save feature]], among other game abilities, the PeggySue may reap big rewards. A typical reward is a gallery of unlockable avatars from which the player chooses one to start a new game as a different character within the setting. The biggest possible reward, usually achieved by grinding like mad, is to become a GodModeSue. The save feature and encouragement to restart as a different character both contribute to the time loopy essence of the story by rewarding the main character for repeatedly starting over or bailing out the main character from failed experiments and problem-solving attempts by allowing the main character to revert to a previous save.

As "Life Is A Game" type stories are heavily influenced by the survival, RPG, and dating sim game genres they may share key tropes such as [[LevelGrinding levels]], [[GamingStatTropes stat systems]] ripe for grinding, some type of [[PocketDimension physics]]-[[HammerSpace independent]] [[GridInventory inventory]], {{Sidequest}}s and interfaces for [[AllianceMeter viewing relationships with NPCs]]. [[AchievementSystem Achievements]] may also unlock new avatars, perks, and other options for future playthroughs.

Subtrope of GroundhogDayLoop and PeggySue.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Causing this is basically the result of [[spoiler:Homura's]] wish in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler:Homura turns back time to the point where she and Madoka first met every time she fails to save Madoka (through Madoka either dying or turning into a witch). It turns out worse every time Homura goes back, because every alternate universe is focused on Madoka, and this makes Madoka's potential witch form, Kriemhild Gretchen, even more powerful than the last -- but it also has the effect of making Madoka's wish in the final episode turn her into a ''goddess'']].
* This occurs in the manga ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'', with [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Minerva]] [[RobotGirl X]] the only one aware of it. [[spoiler: She in fact causes the resets in order to find a timeline where Mazinger does not become a devil and destroys the world. It's shown she's gone through many of these resets since she began as the Minerva X in the ''[[Anime/MazingerZ original anime]]''.]]
* This is what has happened to [[spoiler: Rika Furude]] in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. [[spoiler:Each time she dies in one of the loops she is sent back to the beginning of the loop. This has been going on for possibly over a thousand years.]]
* Poor, poor [[spoiler: Hibiya]] from ''Franchise/KagerouProject''. [[spoiler: He's]] been stuck in a PsychologicalTormentZone [[spoiler: for ''decades'']] trying to save [[spoiler: his unrequited crush, Hiyori]]. Naturally, [[spoiler: FailureIsTheOnlyOption]]. Examples include [[spoiler: Hiyori being hit by a truck, Hiyori being stabbed clean through the stomach by an iron pole,]] the list goes on. [[spoiler: He gets out of the loop in the end...[[MindScrew somehow]].]]
** And it's not like [[spoiler: Hiyori]] has it better either. [[WhamLine "I failed this time, too..."]]

[[folder: Comicbooks ]]

* At the end of ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader'', Batman is reincarnated as an alternate universe version of himself; it's stated that, in lieu of a traditional afterlife, Batman is destined to spend eternity being Batman, living out different versions of his life over and over again.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Fixer]] in ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''. The eponymous [[HeelFaceTurn villains turned heroes]] end up in the past through some TimeTravel shenanigans. One of the villains' earlier selves took affront to [[FutureMeScaresMe what a nuisance]] his future self had become and struggles with him. [[spoiler: past!Norbert]] promptly gets shot through the head, and in order to [[StableTimeLoop make sure he reaches this point of time]] to prevent a TemporalParadox, [[spoiler: future!Norbert]] gets genetically de-aged, mindwiped and inserted [[TrickedOutTime in place of his old self]]. Doomed to forever live through this course of the events until the end of time.
** Some time later, however, he appears in the present, initially with no explanation as to what happened to the time loop. It turned out to be the work of childlike RealityWarper Kobik, who heard that some of his villainous friends missed him and decided to bring him out of the loop. He had no recollection of the loop before she told him.

[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

[[AC:Anime & Manga]]
* ''[[FanFic.InfiniteCorridor Infinite Corridor]]'' looks like it's going to be this for Orihime of ''Manga/{{BLEACH}}''.
* ''[[ Right Moments]]'': Due to meddling by Happosai, [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] is stuck repeating the day after the failed wedding from the end of the manga, a repetition which won't end until Ranma himself is satisfied that the day he lived was absolutely perfect. HilarityEnsues.

* There's a growing sub-genre of this kind of fic called FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops, the format of which was first codified by Innortal on The basic idea is, one character (the Anchor, usually the main character of a fictional setting) is looping back to the very first moments of their parent series every time either they die or some kind of time limit expires. They of course end up monumentally stir crazy given enough time. Eventually others start to loop as well. The reset is not always perfect. Sometimes a loop's history will be different to the "prime" loop, or canonical plot. "Crossover" or "Fusion" loops also occur, randomly. These can involve the home loopers having a guest, or the anchor for one universe spending time in another, or replacements of one character by another. Vacation Loops are where the Anchor (or others) decide/s "screw it" and lets off steam by doing whatever comes to mind. There's little or no attempt to maintain the original timeline in such loops.
** If this sounds like a generic description for the majority of all timeloops, with the addition of crossovers for no reason, bear in mind the FramingDevice for these stories is that the loops were started as a safemode/debugging tool for the multiverse by the gods after a TimeCrash. All of these stories are happening all at once within the same shared setting, which serves as a GenreDeconstruction for this trope by virtue of scale alone.
* ''[[ The Piper at the Gates of Dawn]]'': a [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire ASOIAF]]/[[Series/GameOfThrones Game of Thrones]] fic in which [[WarriorPrince Rhaegar]] is given a second chance at life after dying on the Trident. He then decides to change history and stop the impending attack of the[[ZombieApocalypse Others]], but, being an ASOIAF fic, things are... bittersweet, to say the least. Rhaegar ends up in a time loop, stuck with his crazy father, his perfect wife he doesn't love, and the knowledge that the world is ending and he's the only one who can save it. Then he finds a way...
* ''[[ Fixing The Factors]]'', a humorous ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fanfic in which Buffy and Spike are forced to live the same day over and over (the season 4 episode "The Yoko Factor") until they get things right and change the future for the better.

* Has a [[FanficRecs/HarryPotterPeggySue FanficRecs page]].
* ''[[ Harry Potter and the Wastelands of Time]]'': Harry is stuck looping to the same summer before his sixth year whenever he dies. Having lived over a thousand lives this way, he still can't seem to outpace Voldemort.
* ''[[ Harry Potter and the Temporal Beacon]]'': Harry and Hermione build a time machine which acts as a checkpoint of sorts and gets activated at June 30th, 1994 (end of their 3rd year). Afterwards, each time they die their minds get returned to that point in time.
* ''[[ Sisyphus]]'' involves Harry stuck looping to the moment where he learned he was a wizard whenever he dies. He eventually [[spoiler:after a hundred deaths, defeats Voldemort, dies of old age... and is still stuck.]]
* ''[[ Again and Again]]'': Harry has already repeated his life many, many times, often changing specific things with the intention to get it right, and thus be able to die for good. Having defeated Voldemort in every life in which he didn't kill himself early, he decides to try something entirely different this time around: [[spoiler:siding with him.]]
* ''[[ Harry Potter: Game of the Year Edition]]'': Literature/HarryPotter jumps from his accidental death at the graveyard to a NewGamePlus of avatar statues. It takes him two tries to get all the way from his parents' death to his eleventh birthday, but he does unlock a [[SuddenGameInterface secret 'wand select' menu]] and a pleasant print manual for the beta-test of his system.

* Has a [[FanficRecs/NarutoPeggySueFics FanficRecs page]].
* ''FanFic/ChuninExamDay'', which is quite possibly the UrExample for Naruto
* ''[[ All is Relative Except the Stubbornness of a Demon]]'': Because the Kyuubi refuses to die, Naruto is always sent back in time to the day before the Genin exam whenever he dies, whether it is in battle or of old age.
* ''[[ In Myriad Ways]]'': Naruto dies at the Valley of the End and strikes a deal with Death to save Sasuke and starts looping back to before the Chuunin exam.
* ''[[ Time Braid]]'' has Sakura going back to the beginning of the Chunnin Exam over and over again, with the timeline usually resetting with her death, failing the test, or not preventing the later attack from Orochimaru. Eventually, she finds out that Naruto, Sasuke and Hinata are also going through their own personal groundhog loops, each with various states of sanity.
* ''Fanfic/NarutoGameOfTheYearEdition'': Naruto jumps from his death at the Valley of the End to an arena of unlockable avatar statues. Each statue is a timeline in need of repair and the dedicated sysadmin staff may actually be [[spoiler:Shinto gods]]. Too bad he's a target for assassins from soon after his birth... Each death before he receives his headband means he has to start over from the beginning and it takes him a ''long'' time to make it to that first checkpoint.
* ''[[ Naruto the Videogame]]'': Thanks to [[SuddenGameInterface free saving and, eventually, loading]], the assassins targeting Naruto's baby self are defeated by [[SaveScumming trial and error]].
* ''[[ Naruto: Ramen Days]]'': Naruto jumps from his death at the Sand-Sound Invasion to just before the Wave Arc. Thanks to interference from the Kyuubi, not only does it take him five lives to make it past the tutorial and reach the first checkpoint after the Chunin Exams, it becomes impossible for him to [[SuddenGameInterface reload]] and [[spoiler: save the life of the Hokage]] before he knew he was in danger. His unlocked teammates retain memories through reloads as well.
* ''FanFic/FuzzyLogic'' starts with the Kyuubi ''breaking out of'' this sort of loop.

* Has a [[FanficRecs/NeonGenesisEvangelionPeggySue FanficRecs page]]... This is generally very common in Evangelion fics, as a variation upon or deconstruction of the even more common FandomSpecificPlot of Shinji going back after third impact.
* ''[[ The Eighteenth]]''
* ''[[ Children of the Prophecy]]''
* ''[[ Samsara]]'': [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]] finds himself in a GroundhogDayLoop in which he keeps on living the same day over and over again, with nobody else aware of it. Though he fools around with it, he ends up upsetting Asuka when he becomes too reckless, prompting him to try to make her happy. He finally exits the loop when he succeeds.
* and many, many more....

* ''FanFic/AndAgain'' sees Naegi relieving the DeadlyGame of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', trying to ensure that more of his classmates survive.
* ''[[ Death's Favorite Game]]'': After Master Chief completes Halo 3 on Legendary mode, unlocking avatars and a ton of perk-granting achievements, he jumps to before the Fall of Reach [[SuddenGameInterface on Easy mode]] and dies almost immediately...

* ''[[FanFic/EakinsHardReset Hard Reset]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' example where Twilight relives the three hours that culminate in a changeling attack and the destruction of Canterlot trying to stop it. Unusual in that story continues after the loop ends and spends the last third of its run examining what the psychological ramifications of this might be.
** ''[[FanFic/TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]'' does this with Prince Blueblood, who is forced to relive the Grand Galloping Gala over and over until he not only sets things right for all of the guests, but he [[CharacterDevelopment learns his lesson]] about how to not be such a PrinceCharmless.
** Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries''. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:[[BadFuture Dark World]] is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop with both the BigBad Nightmare Eclipse and Discord as the GroundhogPeggySue]]. In the case of [[spoiler:Discord, it's an IronicHell inflicted on him by Eclipse, and while he can use his experience from the previous loops to do better, Eclipse will never allow him to actually ''win'', and he's long since had a HeelRealization she'll never permit him to act on.]] In the case of [[spoiler:Eclipse]], she's the ''BigBad'' of the Arc, and fighting her is every bit as horrifying as one would imagine.
* ''[[ Rewind]]'': [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} Charmcaster]] uses TimeTravel magic to trick the Tennysons, rewinding whenever she gets caught. It does not end well.
* The one-shot ''[[ The Chosen]]'' from the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' collection The Ember Island Lighthouse. [[BigBad Ozai]] goes through his life with different allies each time.
* ''[[ Not this time, Fate]]'' by Coeur Al'Aran (of {{Professor Arc}} fame) A RWBY fanfic in which Jaune Arc has been in a loop for a century at least, and nothing he's done has been able to save his friends.

[[folder: Film ]]

* This is the premise of ''TheButterflyEffect''.
* This happens in ''Film/{{Primer}}'', but we don't know for how long.
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' is a time-loop in a "Starship Troopers"-like setting
** See also ''LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill'', the Light Novel it was adapted from.
* ''Film/RunLolaRun'' has three versions of Lola's mission.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''{{Literature/Replay}}'', by Ken Grimwood, revolves around the protagonist and a few others going through the eponymous Replays which take the replayer back to an earlier point in his/her life, to relive the time period until his/her death (the same date and time in every loop, although the exact date and time differ from person to person). Problem is that each replayer finds that his/her replays are beginning later and later...
* The short story ''Spring Fever'' implies this. Having married a conservative businessman, the protagonist is bored with her comfortable-but-bland lifestyle, and daydreams about her first love, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Ray]]. Her daydreaming seamlessly melts into the past, where she chooses to "go all the way" with him... Back in the present, she is now unhappily married to Ray, and the ending heavily hints she's about to repeat the loop again.
* Played with in ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife''. Henry's physical body constantly returns in time to his mother's death, but he cannot change anything.
* It's revealed at the end of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series [[spoiler:that the whole series was just one iteration of a loop that is implied to have been looping for countless iterations]]. However, [[spoiler:the final passage is one of hope, and implies that finally, this next time around, things will be different.]]
* The kalachakras in ''Literature/TheFirstFifteenLivesOfHarryAugust'' are an entire society who meet this trope, complete with a system for sending messages arbitrarily far back in time by having people near the beginning of a loop find people near the end of a loop to give the message to.
* ''[[ Mother of Learning]]'': Zorian, a mage in training, finds himself stuck in a month-long time loop after some changes are made to his person in his zeroeth life. Has some similarities with ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''That Was Then'': A short-lived 2002 series in which the protagonist repeatedly goes back to his High School years in an attempt to make things better. Similar to ''TheButterflyEffect''.
* Happened to the [=SG1=] in ''Recap/StargateSG1S2E4TheGamekeeper'' when they were trapped in a LotusEaterMachine that forced O'Neill to relive a failed Special Ops action, and Daniel to relive the death of his parents.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has Curtis, who has MentalTimeTravel as his power. He ends up making several loops back in time so that he and his girlfriend Sam don't get caught with drugs. He succeeds, but because he wasn't sentenced to do community service, the other main characters died (except Nathan) because he wasn't there to save them. He loops back once more to make sure he gets caught, but not Sam. The next episode has a comedic variant, where he tries several times to break up with Sam, but he feels so guilty about making her cry that [[PowerIncontinence his powers activate on their own]], sending him back to thirty seconds before he breaks up with her.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* In the ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' chapter 'Choose', Jonah Yu finds himself in one of these, with the loop reset whenever he dies. It also happens to be in the middle of a place where [[EverythingTryingToKillYou death is common and frequently very silly.]] [[spoiler: What makes this a Peggy Sue? The ending makes it rather unclear whether this will happen again after he's lived a long, full life.]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[spoiler: Church]] in Episode 50 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' goes back in time to stop his friends from ending up in [[spoiler: what they think is]] the future. He winds up [[EpicFail Epically Failing]], not only failing in trying to stop the events but [[StableTimeLoop putting some of them in motion.]] Such as [[spoiler: his own death.]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The plotline of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', from the perspective of Rachel Alucard. There's an interesting twist on this trope with her, however. On the one hand [[RippleEffectProofMemory it is thanks to her being an Observer]] that she ''is'' a Groundhog Peggy Sue; on the other hand, [[AllPowerfulBystander as an Observer she is not allowed]] to actively SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, but can only nudge the other characters in the right direction.
** TheReveal at the end of ''Calamity Trigger'' reveals there is a second one at work. Unlike Rachel, [[spoiler:Terumi]] has been trying all along to make things even worse.
* The ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' franchise--both ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' (though we're not told who the PeggySue is until the end of the first season) and ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' (in an odd meta way).
* You can turn your companions into this in ''VideoGame/EphemeralFantasia''; until you bring them out of their GroundhogDayLoop, they're unaware of the repeating five-day cycle.
* The plot of VideoGame/ShiraOkaSecondChances is that the protagonist must repeat high school over and over again until he can snap out of it. He may be forced to restart again if he dies or makes the wrong decision that ends up in an unhappy ending.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' features Link in a three day time loop trying to stop Skull Kid from dropping the Moon on Clock Town.
* A particularly [[FateWorseThanDeath horrifying]] and tear jerking one is the fate of Jyoji Hijiri in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. He is essentially trapped within the endless cycle of death and rebirth that Kagutsuchi has imposed upon the worlds. He witnesses the end of one world, suffers within the Vortex World and dies, and then is reborn in the new world just in time to watch the end once more. Furthermore, he is cursed so that he can ''never'' influence these events, essentially making him a spectator for all eternity. [[spoiler: And to cap it off, it's heavily implied Hijiri is a {{reincarnation}} of Aleph from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', whose sin (killing God) was committed solely in an effort to ''save the world''.]]
* ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'' revolves around this trope... [[TheEndOrIsIt Or Does It]]? [[spoiler: Duchess' strange ability to go back and continue her life from just before an ending so as to allow the player to experience other endings is AllJustADream, but a ''prophetic'' one; Duchess is using a precognitive vision to explore possible futures.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AlanWakesAmericanNightmare'', Alan's EvilCounterpart, Mr. Scratch, attempts to create a no-win situation for Alan by capturing him in a time-loop; even if he survives the deathly trials of the loop, he will still have to go through them again. However, as Alan and the three women stuck with him in the loop retains memories of the previous cycles, they eventually begin to coordinate their efforts to drive the loop OffTheRails.
* A good part of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' revolves around this. Okabe's messing around with D-Mail leads to [[spoiler:SERN mooks come crashing through his door, lead by [[TheMole Moeka]], and ultimely killing Mayuri]]. So he sets up the recently assembled [[MentalTimeTravel Time Leap machine]] to leap to the point in the past before that happened, in order to avoid it. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:every time he goes back in time, no matter what different idea he tried to save her, her death was always the result.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome Amnesia]]'', it is a unintended consequence of [[spoiler: Ukyo's wish to save the Heroine from death and for him to be able to be with her again at the cost of her not remembering him. As long as the two conditions are not fulfilled, the wish cannot be granted and Ukyo is forced to remember every parallel world the Heroine dies by his hand, dies in an accident, or fell in love with another man. He dies in her place because their existence in the same timeline is an anomaly the world is trying to eliminate.]]
* ''VideoGame/NoOneHasToDie'' has this as one of the central plot points. Each time [[spoiler:you finish one of the timelines, the last remaining non-player character enters a mysterious machine, which unbinds their consciousness from their body and pushes it back to a compatible body. One of the characters has gone through this five times.]] Did I mention there's [[spoiler: a fire?]]
* John Buchanan's indie Flash game duo ''The Freewill Cycle'' involves a person who, after injecting himself with a special compound that keeps him from being 'uncreated' when stepping into a wormhole left open by a time machine experiment gone horribly wrong. He jumps back in time, in the second game, to find out that he's a mercenary for hire, and there's a mission accepted by his past self to complete. Once that's done, another one comes up that asks him to do everything the first game entailed, which he failed to complete before entering the wormhole. The player can either accept the mission, start what the first game entailed all over again, and jump back in time again, causing an infinite loop that will eventually cause the space time continuum to implode, destroying the entire universe; or he can reject the mission, watch his future self get zapped out of existence, and allow himself to move onward, ending the cycle.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has the concept of "CHIM", where one becomes aware of the nature of [[GodOfGods Anu]]'s Dream but exists as one with it and maintains a sense of individuality. Vivec, the Dunmeri [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]], claims to have achieved this and (very cryptically and steeped in heavy metaphor) explains what this means in his ''[[InGameNovel 36 Lessons of Vivec]]'' book series. Essentially, achieving CHIM is the realization that [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall you are a character in a video game]]. This comes with it a number of powers which would seem god-like in-universe, including the ability to [[SaveScumming Save Scum]], use the MasterConsole, and use the "Construction Set" LevelEditor. Talos, the DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended god-form of [[FounderOfTheKingdom Tiber Septim]] (and [[MergerOfSouls possibly others]], is another theorized to have achieved CHIM. Further, the series has the in-universe, metaphysical concept of "heroes". These are rare individuals not bound in any way by fate and who have the ability to rule their own destiny. Heroes are closely related to the prophecies revealed in the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]], but are not bound by them, and they often grow to become far more powerful than most other mortals. Each PlayerCharacter in the series to date has been such a hero, and many others are mentioned in the series' lore (often as {{Long Dead Badass}}es and [[FounderOfTheKingdom Founders Of Their Kingdoms]]). Where this trope in particular applies is the "Save Scumming" aspect of CHIM. As Vivec explains in his ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' dialogue:
--> '''Vivec''': "When I die in the world of time, then I'm completely asleep. I'm very much aware that all I have to do is choose to wake. And I'm alive again. Many times I have very deliberately tried to wait patiently, a very long, long time before choosing to wake up. And no matter how long it feels like I wait, it always appears, when I wake up, that no time has passed at all."
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has three characters constantly looping through the same couple of days. [[spoiler:Flowey, and then you, get to do it every time you load up the game]], [[RippleEffectProofMemory retaining their memories]] and thus their knowledge of various timelines and events the more they reset. There's also [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]], but only to a point: it's unclear how much that character remembers of each preceding timeline after a reset, though they know the resets exist, keep mementoes of previous timelines, and can deduce the events of previous loops very accurately. Furthermore, they don't even have a say in when the resets kick in, much less an ability to end it by fulfilling some condition.