So you have a comic or a novel that you just published and you reached the third sequel but now you hate everything about the second book. What do you do? Well a Story-Reset of course! This trope is used often to do a ''SoftReset'' of current events in order to do them over or change the outcome of the 'current' time line.

This trope allows you to go back a few pages or even a novel or two and rewrite the story after it has already been seen or published and either replace it with a brand new story or to change the original outcome while not being forced into doing a full ContinuityReboot. Basically keeping the previous stories and merely changing/rewriting the most current.

Some Tabletop gamers also have soft-resets like this which erase only one or two stories of play and go back to a previous point allowing different actions to be taken or different paths to be accepted in story telling. Similar to using a video game's SoftReset or SaveScumming but in book or story format. Sometimes it's even present in such media.

Sometimes can overlap with ContinuityReboot in some ways, although a Continuity Reboot will often wipe out ''all'' of the current story and goes back to square 1; a Story Reset only wipes it back so far to a particular point saying previous stories are still canon and can sometimes cause RetGone when characters introduced after a certain point are no longer present.


* DC Comics has done it once in the Parallax storyline, basically null and voiding 15 issues of the ''GreenLantern'' by performing some StableTimeLoop plot line.
** Creator/MilestoneComics did this as well when joining the DC Universe by erasing most of the ''final'' story.

* When ''SherlockHolmes'' was first killed off, hundreds of early FanFiction stories appeared in newspapers and book stores as freebees re-writing the last book.

* ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' has a form of this by allowing the protagonist to 'wish it never happened' thus erasing all events of the movie.
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy has a form of this when the time lines are constantly altered, two of which [[RetGone erases]] a few characters from existence and does a story reset of sorts to the original 1985 time line.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Persona 2]]'' we have ''Innocent Sin'' & ''Eternal Punishment'' with [[spoiler: ''Innocent Sin'' taking place first with a BadEnding then following the story with ''Eternal Punishment'' allowing you to restart the story with a different protagonist and get the GoodEnding.]]
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has [[spoiler: Chrono killed off]] and forces the party to go through a journey to resurrect the hero which in a sense resets the story from [[HeroicBSOD Chrono]] no longer existing to a new timeline.

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* ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' has done this more then once in it's long running history; whole story arcs have been eradicated and replaced or the current story has been erased to a point and picked back up.