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** [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] during ''ComicBook/ZeroHour''. Less extreme (and less well-received) than ''Crisis''.

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** [[GreenLantern [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] during ''ComicBook/ZeroHour''. Less extreme (and less well-received) than ''Crisis''.


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* Spock and Nero in the reboot of ''Film/StarTrek''. Spock's failure to prevent a massive NegativeSpaceWedgie from forming causes him and Nero to go back into the past, creating an AlternateTimeline that runs parallel to the original. Every change from the original continuity to the rebooted continuity is attributed to Nero's late-24th century Romulan cargo ship showing up in the early 23rd century, which only happens due to Spock's failure to save Nero's planet.

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* ''Film/StarTrek2009'': Spock and Nero in the reboot of ''Film/StarTrek''.Nero. Spock's failure to prevent a massive NegativeSpaceWedgie from forming causes him and Nero to go back into the past, creating an AlternateTimeline that runs parallel to the original. Every change from the original continuity to the rebooted continuity is attributed to Nero's late-24th century Romulan cargo ship showing up in the early 23rd century, which only happens due to Spock's failure to save Nero's planet.



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* AZ from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is revealed to be this in ''[[Videogame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]''. His use of the Ultimate Weapon is implied to have created an alternate timeline, one in which he did and Mega Evolution exists (Generation VI and onwards), and one where he did not and it doesn't (pre-Gen VI). ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' reinforces this as [[spoiler:Anabel (who appeared in ''Pokémon Emerald'' but not the remakes) explicitly comes from another universe (and her battle music is ripped straight from ''Emerald'', implying she comes from the original universe)]].

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* AZ from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is revealed to be this in ''[[Videogame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]''. His use of the Ultimate Weapon is implied to have created an alternate timeline, one in which he did and Mega Evolution exists (Generation VI and onwards), and one where he did not and it doesn't (pre-Gen VI). ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' reinforces this as [[spoiler:Anabel (who appeared in ''Pokémon Emerald'' but not the remakes) explicitly comes from another universe (and her battle music is ripped straight from ''Emerald'', implying she comes from the original universe)]].universe)]].
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* Similar to the comics counterpart, in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Barry goes back in time to save his mom, resulting in the Flashpoint timeline. This version is LighterAndSofter and he only restores time when Wally West is mortally wounded. He restores an altered version of reality, causing changes in the lives of the people around him (yes, they learn. Yes, they take it about as badly as you think.) And, as in the comics, Barry learns that ''everything'' isn't his fault (though it's not quite to the extent of "a totally unrelated reality-warping character really did it" like the comics. Rather, when we learn Savitar's deal it's clear it would have happened anyway, and just because Barry didn't ''know'' of Caitlin's AnIcePerson powers until after the reset doesn't mean for sure that it's the cause. With things like this he learns to let go of ItsAllMyFault mode and accept the current world.)

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* Similar to the comics counterpart, in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Barry goes back in time to save his mom, resulting in the Flashpoint timeline. This version is LighterAndSofter instead of the utter hell of the comics version, and he only restores time when Wally West is mortally wounded. He restores an altered version of reality, causing changes in the lives of the people around him (yes, they learn. Yes, they take it about as badly as you think.) And, as in the comics, Barry learns that ''everything'' isn't his fault (though it's not quite to the extent of "a totally unrelated reality-warping character really did it" like the comics. Rather, when we learn Savitar's deal it's clear it would have happened anyway, and just because Barry didn't ''know'' of Caitlin's AnIcePerson powers until after the reset doesn't mean for sure that it's the cause.cause of her stint as Killer Frost. With things like this he learns to let go of ItsAllMyFault mode and accept the current world.)



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*Wolverine in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast.'' His warnings led Professor X and Magneto to stop Mystique from causing the DOFP timeline... but doing so ''before'' the days of the original trilogy mean that the ''present'' changes as much as the future. Most notably, everything fans disliked about ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' and ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' never happened, overlapping with AuthorsSavingThrow.

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*Similar to the comics counterpart, in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Barry goes back in time to save his mom, resulting in the Flashpoint timeline. This version is LighterAndSofter and he only restores time when Wally West is mortally wounded. He restores an altered version of reality, causing changes in the lives of the people around him (yes, they learn. Yes, they take it about as badly as you think.) And, as in the comics, Barry learns that ''everything'' isn't his fault (though it's not quite to the extent of "a totally unrelated reality-warping character really did it" like the comics. Rather, when we learn Savitar's deal it's clear it would have happened anyway, and just because Barry didn't ''know'' of Caitlin's AnIcePerson powers until after the reset doesn't mean for sure that it's the cause. With things like this he learns to let go of ItsAllMyFault mode and accept the current world.)


** Either [[ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen]] or [[ComicBook/TrinityOfSinPandora Pandora]] in ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', leading to the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''. Barry was the one to actually [[spoiler:merge the DCU with {{Wildstorm}} and Creator/VertigoComics timelines]], but it was Pandora that got him to do it.

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** Either [[ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen]] or [[ComicBook/TrinityOfSinPandora Pandora]] in ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', leading to the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''. Barry was the one to actually [[spoiler:merge the DCU with {{Wildstorm}} Creator/{{Wildstorm}} and Creator/VertigoComics timelines]], but it was Pandora that got him to do it.


* Spock and Nero in the reboot of ''Film/StarTrek''. Spock's failure to prevent a massive NegativeSpaceWedgie from forming causes him and Nero to go back into the past, where Nero wreaks havoc with the timeline. Every change from the original continuity to the rebooted continuity is attributed to Nero's late-24th century Romulan cargo ship showing up in the early 23rd century, which only happens due to Spock's failure to save Nero's planet.

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* Spock and Nero in the reboot of ''Film/StarTrek''. Spock's failure to prevent a massive NegativeSpaceWedgie from forming causes him and Nero to go back into the past, where Nero wreaks havoc with creating an AlternateTimeline that runs parallel to the timeline.original. Every change from the original continuity to the rebooted continuity is attributed to Nero's late-24th century Romulan cargo ship showing up in the early 23rd century, which only happens due to Spock's failure to save Nero's planet.


* Enrico Pucci in ''Stone Ocean'', Part 6 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. He reboots the universe, leading to Part 7, ''Steel Ball Run'', which is set in the late 19th century like Part 1, but with drastically different characters and situations.

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* Enrico Pucci in ''Stone Ocean'', Part 6 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. He ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean'' reboots the universe, leading to Part 7, ''Steel universe in the climax using Made in Heaven, and the next two parts, ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun Steel Ball Run'', which is Run]]'' and ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureJoJolion JoJolion]]'', are set in the late 19th century like Part 1, but a new universe with drastically characters, places and situations similar but different characters to their original counterparts. However, this universe has never been directly said to be a result of Pucci's actions, and situations.
WordOfGod even says the Morioh of Part 4 and Part 8 aren't connected by time and space (and therefore not a "reboot" of the original town).


* [[spoiler:AZ]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is revealed to be this in ''[[Videogame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]''. [[spoiler:His use of the legendary weapon was implied to have created an alternate timeline, one in which he did and Mega Evolution exists, and one where he did not and it doesn't, Generation VI and pre-Gen VI respectively.]]

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* [[spoiler:AZ]] AZ from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is revealed to be this in ''[[Videogame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]''. [[spoiler:His His use of the legendary weapon was Ultimate Weapon is implied to have created an alternate timeline, one in which he did and Mega Evolution exists, exists (Generation VI and onwards), and one where he did not and it doesn't, Generation VI and pre-Gen VI respectively.]] doesn't (pre-Gen VI). ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' reinforces this as [[spoiler:Anabel (who appeared in ''Pokémon Emerald'' but not the remakes) explicitly comes from another universe (and her battle music is ripped straight from ''Emerald'', implying she comes from the original universe)]].


Sometimes, creators want to give their [[LongRunner long-running series]] a fresh start, so they decide to make a ContinuityReboot. However, they sometimes don't want to just make a completely new reality for their series, instead making the reboot an actual part of the continuing storyline. In cases like this, one tool the creators have is to use a character to explain the reboot. Hence, the Continuity Rebooter.

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Sometimes, creators want to give their [[LongRunner long-running series]] series a fresh start, so they decide to make a ContinuityReboot. However, they sometimes don't want to just make a completely new reality for their series, instead making the reboot an actual part of the continuing storyline. In cases like this, one tool the creators have is to use a character to explain the reboot. Hence, the Continuity Rebooter.


*** It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Doctor Manhattan from ''Watchmen'' is the one responsible for the new 52 timeline.]]

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*** It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Doctor Manhattan from ''Watchmen'' ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is the one responsible for the new 52 timeline.]]

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*** It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Doctor Manhattan from ''Watchmen'' is the one responsible for the new 52 timeline.]]


* Enrico Pucci in ''Stone Ocean'', Part 6 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. He reboots the universe, leading to Part 7, ''Steel Ball Run'', which is set in the 1890s like Part 1, but with drastically different characters and situations.

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* Enrico Pucci in ''Stone Ocean'', Part 6 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. He reboots the universe, leading to Part 7, ''Steel Ball Run'', which is set in the 1890s late 19th century like Part 1, but with drastically different characters and situations.


Basically, a character is a Continuity Rebooter if:

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** The Anti-Monitor during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', which led to the first true reboot of the DCU. [[spoiler:He basically destroys TheMultiverse and all realities merge into one.]]

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** The Anti-Monitor during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', which led to the first true reboot of the DCU. [[spoiler:He basically destroys TheMultiverse and all realities merge into one.]]



* Tatsuya in ''Videogame/{{Persona 2}}''. At the end of ''Innocent Sin'', the world is basically on countdown to the apocalypse, and Philemon offers the main characters the chance to have their memories erased and time rewound to avoid it. However, Tatsuya, at the last second, relents on losing the memories of his comrades, and so the continuity of ''Eternal Punishment'' forms, in which Tatsuya is the only one who remembers what happened in ''Innocent Sin'' and Nyarlathotep has another chance at destroying the world.

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* Tatsuya in ''Videogame/{{Persona 2}}''. At the end of ''Innocent Sin'', the world is basically on countdown to the apocalypse, and Philemon offers the main characters the chance to have their memories erased and time rewound to avoid it. However, Tatsuya, at the last second, relents on losing the memories of his comrades, and so the continuity of ''Eternal Punishment'' forms, in which Tatsuya is the only one who remembers what happened in ''Innocent Sin'' and Nyarlathotep has another chance at destroying the world.


** Either [[ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen]] or [[ComicBook/TrinityOfSinPandora Pandora]] in ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', leading to the ''{{New 52}}''. Barry was the one to actually [[spoiler:merge the DCU with {{Wildstorm}} and Creator/VertigoComics timelines]], but it was Pandora that got him to do it.

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** Either [[ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen]] or [[ComicBook/TrinityOfSinPandora Pandora]] in ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', leading to the ''{{New ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''. Barry was the one to actually [[spoiler:merge the DCU with {{Wildstorm}} and Creator/VertigoComics timelines]], but it was Pandora that got him to do it.


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* Dawn on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' functions this way. She was introduced as a character in Season 5, and as soon as she appears, it's [[RetCon retconned]] that she's Buffy's 6-years-younger sister, and Buffy has ''always had'' a younger sister. Unusually, Dawn doesn't remember the alternate reality, and neither does anybody else (except possibly the people who cast the spell creating her). However, [[{{By the Eyes of the Blind}} insane people see Dawn as an energy being]], not a little girl--and this includes Dawn's mother, when her brain tumor starts making her irrational.



* Serge in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. When young, he was attacked by a panther, and at that moment the universe split in two: his current reality and another reality in which he died from the panther's attack. A big part of the game's plot is WHY he's so important to both universes that his near-death experience causes such a dissonance between them. [[spoiler: He also reboots the events of the ''Chrono Trigger, as his existence and actions actually cause Crono and his friends' actions in the first game to have been all in vain]].

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* Serge in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. When young, he was attacked by a panther, and at that moment the universe split in two: his current reality and another reality in which he died from the panther's attack. A big part of the game's plot is WHY he's so important to both universes that his near-death experience causes such a dissonance between them. [[spoiler: He also reboots the events of the ''Chrono Trigger, Trigger'', as his existence and actions actually cause Crono and his friends' actions in the first game to have been all in vain]].vain.]]



* [[spoiler:AZ]] from ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'' is revealed to be this in ''[[Videogame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]''. [[spoiler:His use of the legendary weapon was implied to have created an alternate timeline, one in which he did and Mega Evolution exists, and one where he did not and it doesn't, Generation 6 and pre-Gen 6 respectively.]]

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* [[spoiler:AZ]] from ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'' ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is revealed to be this in ''[[Videogame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]''. [[spoiler:His use of the legendary weapon was implied to have created an alternate timeline, one in which he did and Mega Evolution exists, and one where he did not and it doesn't, Generation 6 VI and pre-Gen 6 VI respectively.]]

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