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* In ''Literature/{{Misery}}'', Paul Sheldon tries to kill off the main character of a novel series that he's come to hate. When [[LoonyFan his number-one fan]] Annie Wilkes finds out, she loses it and forces him to write a sequel bringing Misery Chastain back to life in a way that she finds satisfactory. She is adamant that he not completely {{retcon}} the ending, but make it fit with the existing material.


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

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


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.

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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 SoftReboot of current events in order to do them over or change the outcome of the 'current' time line.


* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series has done this no less than five times. The first time was in ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' which was set after [[Film/Godzilla1954 the original film]] but disregarded all the others to establish a new continuity. Starting with Film/Godzilla2000, they released [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus four]] [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack movies]] [[Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla in a row]] as direct sequels to the originals before making [[Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS a direct sequel to the last one.]] Film/GodzillaFinalWars would finally move away from the original film and Film/ShinGodzilla is an updated origin story for the character

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* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series has done this no less than five times. The first time was in ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' which was set after [[Film/Godzilla1954 the original film]] but disregarded all the others to establish a new continuity. Starting with Film/Godzilla2000, ''Film/Godzilla2000'', they released [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus four]] [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack movies]] [[Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla in a row]] as direct sequels to the originals before making [[Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS a direct sequel to the last one.]] Film/GodzillaFinalWars ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' would finally move away from the original film and Film/ShinGodzilla ''Film/ShinGodzilla'' is an updated origin story for the character


* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series has done this no less than five times. The first time was in Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla which was set after [[Film/Godzilla1954 the original film]] but disregarded all the others to establish a new continuity. Starting with Film/Godzilla2000, they released [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus four]] [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack movies]] [[Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla in a row]] as direct sequels to the originals before making [[Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS a direct sequel to the last one.]] Film/GodzillaFinalWars would finally move away from the original film and Film/ShinGodzilla is an updated origin story for the character

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* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series has done this no less than five times. The first time was in Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' which was set after [[Film/Godzilla1954 the original film]] but disregarded all the others to establish a new continuity. Starting with Film/Godzilla2000, they released [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus four]] [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack movies]] [[Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla in a row]] as direct sequels to the originals before making [[Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS a direct sequel to the last one.]] Film/GodzillaFinalWars would finally move away from the original film and Film/ShinGodzilla is an updated origin story for the character


* 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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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Persona 2]]'' ''VideoGame/Persona2'' 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]] Crono]] no longer existing to a new timeline.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'': Happened twice, not counting Rob Zombie's full-on reboot.
** ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' (1998) and its direct sequel ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' (2002) ignored everything after movie 2.
** ''Film/{{Halloween|2018}}'' (2018) ignored everything after movie 1.

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* ''Film/TerminatorDarkFate'' ignores everything but the first [[Film/TheTerminator two]] [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay movies.]]

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* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series has done this no less than five times. The first time was in Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla which was set after [[Film/Godzilla1954 the original film]] but disregarded all the others to establish a new continuity. Starting with Film/Godzilla2000, they released [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus four]] [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack movies]] [[Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla in a row]] as direct sequels to the originals before making [[Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS a direct sequel to the last one.]] Film/GodzillaFinalWars would finally move away from the original film and Film/ShinGodzilla is an updated origin story for the character


* 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.

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* DC Comics has done it once in the Parallax storyline, basically null and voiding 15 issues of the ''GreenLantern'' ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' by performing some StableTimeLoop plot line.


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.

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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'' SoftReset of current events in order to do them over or change the outcome of the 'current' time line.


* ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' has a form of this by allowing the protagonist to 'wish it never happened' thus erasing all events of the movie.


* ''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.

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* ''TrintonChronicles'' ''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.


** MilestoneComics did this as well when joining the DC Universe by erasing most of the ''final'' story.

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** MilestoneComics Creator/MilestoneComics did this as well when joining the DC Universe by erasing most of the ''final'' story.


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 cannon and can sometimes cause RetGone when characters introduced after a certain point are no longer present.

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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 cannon canon and can sometimes cause RetGone when characters introduced after a certain point are no longer present.

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