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"So we decided to make a Mario that made a fresh start by returning to its core principles. That's why we put 'New' in the title."

A series has diverged from its original premise or formula, perhaps because it grew a beard and outgrew a few old gags. Or perhaps it jumped a shark or two to the detriment of itself. In any case, the series (in style, tone, or premise; the characters are not necessarily literally going back) returns to an earlier format, maybe for a nostalgic or humorous look at itself to poke fun at the behavior and actions of the characters early on in the series or maybe perhaps to fix some problems they've gained along the way.


Expect to see long-running franchises do this repeatedly. And with differing ideas on what the 'roots' of a series are. See also Retool, Continuity Drift, Genre Throwback, Running the Asylum and Truer to the Text.

Not to be confused with "Rediscovering Roots" Trip — that's when a character travels to their family's origin to connect with their heritage.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball:
    • The Buu saga of Dragon Ball Z tries to go back to the humor from the beginning of the series, after a long time being a Fighting Series.
    • This was also attempted with the beginning of Dragon Ball GT, but bad reception lead to it being steered back from that direction. As a result of this, the initial US broadcast and home video release skipped the first 16 episodes, condensing the more important things into a recap episode.
    • Dragon Ball Super is likewise another crack at this, though trying to combine both the humor of the original series and the action of Z so as not to alienate the audience it built. Compared to the above two, its been much more successful in maintaining the lighthearted and comedic tones.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers began with a focus on World War II, but gradually moved beyond it as the series went on. When it was serialized in Birz magazine, it returned to the original setting.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V stands out of the Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-offs because it shows the older ways of advanced summoning (Fusion, Ritual, Synchro, XYZ) alongside the newest (Pendulum summoning) and considers them as special. It also brings back old school's monsters and past archetypes, pleasing many fans.
  • Digimon Adventure tri. is this for the Digimon franchise, returning back to the popular Adventure setting and featuring the original eight Digidestined back into the main roles once again along with their Digimon partners. It even features the remixed classic soundtracks, including the original opening and ending themes.
  • Both the Black and White and Sun and Moon series of Pokémon have attempted to return to the general style of the anime's original Kanto arc, though both sought to emulate and expand on different elements; the former recreating character dynamics, and the latter a mix of Kanto's adventure and comedy. The series following Sun and Moon took it one step further and actually was named simply Pokémon in Japan (outside of it, it's Pokémon Journeys: The Series), just like the original Kanto through Johto series of the anime.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering's 2009 core set, Magic 2010, marked a return to the flavor-driven design sensibility of the original Alpha and Beta releases.
  • Much in line with the anime, the Arc-V associated era of the Yu Gi Oh Trading Card Game introduced Pendulum Monsters, which meant to be a throwback to the old days when your boss monsters were in your Main Deck not Extra Deck.

    Comic Books 
  • Every so often, when the main members of the Rogues Gallery just can't come up with particularly good ideas for capers and run-of-the-mill street crime in Gotham City spikes upward, Batman will be called upon to beat down ordinary muggers and two-bit murderers. This never seems to bore Batman, however, but to strengthen his resolve: it reminds him how his lifelong quest began in the first place.
    Batman: (to a mugger as he handcuffs him) Slime like you made me... I owe you.
  • Grant Morrison's Action Comics run from the New 52 was based around doing this for Superman. Like in the original Golden Age stories, his Superman was physically weaker and had an Anti-Hero streak, as well as a strong inclination towards social justice. This was justified by having his stories be a Prequel of sorts, showing Superman as a brash, young idealist.
  • Grant Morrison again in his run on Batman. Remember back in the Silver Age, when Batman made a social club for all his international imitators? Or when he participated in a psychological isolation experiment for NASA? Or when a female socialite became Batwoman to try and get his attention? Morrison did, and reminded us all.
  • Scooby-Doo! Team-Up does this with a lot of the characters Mystery Inc. team up with, playing their premises relatively straight while keeping a light, comedic tone to the stories. Space Ghost for instance, is portrayed as The Cape like he was in his original series instead of the bumbling egomaniac Space Ghost Coast to Coast portrayed him as, while still poking fun at his sidekicks constantly being kidnapped by his foes.
  • The 2008 miniseries Sub-Mariner: The Depths was an attempt at bringing Namor back to his original Golden Age roots, where he was a murderous Villain Protagonist instead of the Jerkass Revolving Door Anti-Hero he's best known as today. The mini-series was basically a horror story and Psychological Thriller rather than a superhero tale, with Namor depicted in a manner similar to Godzilla or the shark from Jaws. Curiously, Namor saves Dr. Stein at the end and brings him back to the surface, rather than killing him. It's implied that Namor did this because Stein is famous for providing rational explanations for unsolved mysteries, such as the Yeti, and ultimately he does so with Atlantis, declaring that it doesn't exist even though it does, with footage of it being recorded.
  • Star Wars: Darth Vader (a Spin-Off of Star Wars (Marvel 2015)) notably portrays Darth Vader as a high-ranking enforcer in the Imperial military, but not as the Emperor's unchallenged second-in-command; he's just as badass as ever, but several Imperial officers (including Cassio Tagge) outrank him, and he's forced to deal with constant cloak-and-dagger plots by Imperials who would happily take his position. While this might seem like a case of Villain Decay, it's actually much closer to Vader's original portrayal in A New Hope than almost any other Expanded Universe work before it. Despite his Memetic Badass reputation, A New Hope actually portrayed Vader as Grand Moff Tarkin's subordinate, several officers (including Conan Antonio Motti) weren't afraid to challenge him to his face, and there was no indication that he was the Emperor's top lieutenant. The Series Finale has Vader getting a massive promotion and being given command of his own flagship, finally bringing him to the status quo most people remember. The series is essentially the story of how Darth Vader became the badass, unchallenged Dragon that most people remember from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • The Hanna-Barbera action hero lineupnote  has spent many more years as parodies of themselves than they spent as actual action heroes. Future Quest is possibly the most notable return to the characters' original premises in over two decades.
  • Al Ewing's The Immortal Hulk; not only is Bruce Banner Walking the Earth once again, but the book revisits the horror tone of the earliest Hulk comics. Instead of the "wounded child" or "bar-room brawler" interpretations, this Hulk is a smirking monster who enjoys taunting people about their unspeakable desires. And he only hulks out at night. Additionally, it was retconned that the Immortal Hulk is the true form of the Devil Hulk—and relevant to this trope, the Devil/Immortal Hulk is actually the Hulk seen in Banner's first few appearances.
  • The Superman storyline Kryptonite Nevermore was an attempt by returning the character to his Golden Age roots as a weaker but wiser and more human character.
  • Ultimate X-Men: The mainstream Magneto started as a completely evil villain with no redeeming qualities. He was turned into a morally complex, ambiguous figure later on. Here, he's back to the roots, as nothing more than a repugnant mutant supremacist and genocidal maniac.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • James Bond:
  • Godzilla
    • In Terror of Mechagodzilla, the new monster of the movie, Titanosaurus, is a throwback to the kinds of monsters that appeared at the start of the franchise. While the last few movies had featured more exotic and weird (and often blatantly evil) creatures like a pollution-based slime monster or a bird-like cyborg, Titanosaurus is simply a dinosaur-like beast with no flashy abilities (beyond using it's tail like a giant fan) and is portrayed much more sympathetically than previous monsters.
    • The Return of Godzilla restored Godzilla to an antagonistic role after spending several movies as an unambiguously heroic figure. It's also the first film since the original where Godzilla doesn't fight another monster
    • Godzilla goes back to the roots of the original, this one is being made Darker and Edgier to feel more like a horror film, with Godzilla being more of a terrifying force of nature and with the grim results of his rampage not being glossed over.
    • Shin Godzilla presented itself as a Disaster Movie mixed with some horror like the original 1954 film (and goes way darker than the 2014 film).
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past undid the slightly more grounded feel and the established continuity of the first three or so films. This had the advantage of restoring much of the original status quo and introducing various elements more familiar to the fans of the comics or cartoon, like Xavier's hover wheelchair and the Sentinels. The trend continued in X-Men: Apocalypse, which looked at the team's pre-adult life and gave them their iconic costumes.
  • Man of Steel's take on the Superman mythos is largely this, taking quite a few cues from Siegel and Shuster's earliest Superman comics from the 1930's. Clark Kent is presented as a working-class hero and a defender of the common man rather than an iron-jawed lawman, he's regarded with fear and suspicion by most authority figures, and he spends most of the movie feeling like an outsider. Even the movie's most controversial moment, when Superman snaps General Zod's neck, is actually very much in line with his Golden Age portrayal; in the early days of the comic, Superman wasn't quite the Technical Pacifist that he later became, and he had quite a few Shoot the Dog moments.note 
  • The Force Awakens was meant to be this for the Star Wars series. J. J. Abrams brought back Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay after he hadn't been involved with the franchise since Return of the Jedi, he made a special point of avoiding CGI whenever possible (bringing back the puppetry, models and animatronics that made the original trilogy famous), and decided to film it with traditional 35mm film—making it the first Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi to be filmed in a non-digital format. The first trailer takes special care to emphasize the movie's Used Future aesthetic, which was a hallmark of the original trilogy. And the final plot took so much from the original movie (with some elements from Empire and Jedi) some felt it was downright a Recycled Script.
  • Rocky V was an attempt to return to the grittier and more realistic tone of Rocky and Rocky II after the lighter tone of Rocky IV. They even brought back John G. Avildsen, the director of the first movie. It didn't work, and the movie was disowned by everyone, including Sylvester Stallone. Rocky Balboa and Creed were far more successful examples, combining the serious tone with Character Aged with the Actor.
  • After the second and third movies in the Jurassic Park series focused on people navigating Isla Sorna and surviving the wild, uncontained dinosaurs there, Jurassic World returns to the first movie's focus on the logistics and ethics of operating a dinosaur theme park. The movie emphasizes this with specific themes and elements directly paying homage to it (even if unlike in the original, the park is opened to the general public), such as the overgrown ruins of the original park, a big entrance gate through which tourists enter the park, and even the return of the original Tyrannosaurus rex from the old park.
  • Christopher Robin does this for the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise, while also being a sequel about an adult Christopher Robin. Though it's a Disney production, it's based much more closely on the original books than on the animated Disney film and related works, being a wistful Coming-of-Age Story about a boy's relationship with his childhood imaginary friends. Among other things, it acknowledges the bittersweet ending of the first book (where Christopher goes off to boarding school and leaves Pooh and his friends behind), which Disney famously left out. And since it's the first Pooh adaptation that's done with a mix of CGI and live actors, the new designs of Pooh and co. make it explicit that they're Living Toys rather than simply funny animals.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy features much of this approach to Batman.
    • Like his earliest appearances, Batman's main clash is against the mob and corruption in Gotham with only very sparse supernatural elements, many of his gadgets are less explicitly bat-themed and he operates mostly solo, without a Robin.
    • His villains are also strongly influenced by their original depictions in the comics: Two-Face is without a split personality, Bane is portrayed as the Genius Bruiser he was in his original appearance, and Heath Ledger and Anne Hathaway were reported to have studied The Man Who Laughs and actress Hedy Lamarr, the inspiration for their respective characters.
    • In additon, per Word of God, this incarnation of Batman does not operate within a Shared Universe, much like the earliest DC/National Comics in which most superheroes were presumed to take place within their own universes.note 
  • According to most reports, the Saw spinoff Spiral is partly an attempt at bringing the franchise back to its roots, taking most of its cues from the very first movie in the series (which was a mystery/suspense thriller relatively light on gore) rather than its sequels (which emphasized spectacle over suspense, and dialed up the violence considerably). Among other things: it features a more minimalistic presentation, an emphasis on mystery and suspense over gore and torture, and a pair of detectives as the co-protagonists. Even the casting (which features Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson as the main characters) may have been intended as a throwback to the original, which prominently featured Danny Glover and Cary Elwes (in contrast to the sequels, which feature very few big-name actors).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow in its fifth season made a conscious effort to return to being the gritty crime drama and "street-level show" it was in the first (and to a lesser extent, second) season, after two seasons of introducing sci-fi and mystical elements to the show in order to help establish the shared universe. Notable changes include a renewed focus on the organized crime element in Star City and Green Arrow abandoning his strict policy of Thou Shalt Not Kill, making him once again the lethal vigilante he was early in the show. Furthermore, the Big Bad of this season, Prometheus, is a skilled archer and Badass Normal more akin to Season One Big Bad Malcolm Merlyn than the nemeses of subsequent seasons. Also, Prometheus' origin is tied to Oliver's actions during Season One and is connected to the List, another early element of the show which has now been made relevant again.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • The fifth season finale ends with a battle against a demonic god for the fate of reality... but starts with Buffy killing a vampire in an alleyway. This is after she'd already blown up a giant demon snake in season three and fought off a man-made demon-cyborg in season four. Buffy even lampshades this by pointing out she hadn't done something so simple in a while.
    • The final season likewise moved the action back to the now rebuilt Sunnydale High School where Buffy now works as a counselor.
  • Charmed's Sorting Algorithm of Evil became somewhat more akin to a bell-curve. The first three seasons dealt with them battling warlocks and demons, the fourth had them battling the very Source Of All Evil, the fifth ended with them battling the classic Greek Titans, the sixth had them go against a Well-Intentioned Extremist Angel, and the seventh had them end destroying a past contender of the Source. By the eighth and final season, Word of God says that Billie and Christy, sibling female witches like the protagonists, was a great way to ground the show.
  • Daredevil (2015): Season 3 was considered a significant improvement over season 2. For many, going back to season 1's formula and having Wilson Fisk as the main villain (and spicing things up by introducing Dex as a secondary villain) was seen as a step in the right direction after the mishandling of the Hand arc across season 2 and The Defenders (2017).
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Third Doctor's tenure Retooled the series as a Spy Fiction show and made numerous changes like making the Doctor all suave and fashionable, giving him a Cool Car, having most of his adventures take place on Earth, and pairing him up with one main female companion with a gaggle of coworkers who could rotate in and out as needed. Season 12, after one transitional piece, took the show right back to the First and Second Doctor eras — the Doctor abandoned his job to travel in space, was back to having a boy/girl companion team (like most of the black-and-white era), gained a clownish and shambolic personality inspired by Patrick Troughton's portrayal while incorporating Hartnell's Blue-and-Orange Morality and more alien psychology, and rekindled the Hartnell-era practice of linking every story onto every other story with Cliffhangers directly in a run-on Arc format. One story in this season ("The Ark in Space") is a reworking of a proposed and unmade script submitted for William Hartnell's Doctor, and starts with a Hartnell-style first episode of the TARDIS crew wandering around solo trying to work out where they are. Another ("Genesis of the Daleks") is an origin story for the Daleks about them being locked in a nuclear war against the Thals, another thing done back in the Hartnell era. Initial plans were to cast an elderly Non-Action Guy in the role similar to William Hartnell, to break from the Third Doctor's Action Hero traits, but Tom Baker so impressed the producers and casting director that they ended up casting him even though he was at the time the youngest actor to take the role. A lot of these changes are dropped after Season 12 (like the lead-ons and the male companion) but most are kept.
    • Season 17 was a conscious attempt to move away from the Arc-based storyline and Order Versus Chaos mythology of Season 16, and back to the idea of the Doctor going on loose adventures having fun and solving smaller-scale problems. He even had his direct control of the TARDIS removed in favour of the random travel associated with Hartnell and Pertwee.
    • The Ninth Doctor's tenure, while very different in a lot of ways, stripped away a lot of continuity for a "back to basics" approach and re-established points about the tone and the Doctor's character that had been part of the show right at the very beginning but were forgotten about later. The Doctor being a refugee from a terrible war who could never return home was part of the initial series premise (that got changed by Steven Moffat when he actually got to write The Reveal) and agony over changing the past and the Dirty Business involved in world-saving were emblematic tropes of the early years that soon got buried by the Monster of the Week premise the show developed — and RTD dug them both back up again in order to connect new viewers to the Doctor. While the show drew a lot from the Expanded Universe, it was much closer in tone and feel to the old show than the books had become by that point.
    • The Eleventh Doctor's tenure reintroduced a number of elements from the classic series that had been long gone. Series 7, itself a loose prologue to the 50th anniversary specials, saw the gradual reintroduction of the Doctor's face superimposed over the time vortex in the title sequence, and several 1960s and 1970s-era antagonists (the Great Intelligence, the Ice Warriors, the Zygons) were finally reintroduced into the show. Even the Eleventh's costume, bow tie and all, is based closely on the Second Doctor's old threads.
    • Peter Capaldi era:
      • Series 8's casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor was a further move in this direction, bringing the Doctor back to the Cool Old Guy/Grumpy Old Man aesthetic of the character in the show's early days. Tellingly, Capaldi ties with William Hartnell for the oldest actor ever to take the role, but he follows Matt Smith — the youngest actor ever to take it. This is all heavily lampshaded in Twelve's debut story "Deep Breath", where Vastra points out to Clara that the Doctor has been an old asexual alien for far longer than he's been a handsome young Chick Magnet in a bow tie. His stories go on to take even more cues from the Classic series, with heavy use of major Internal Homage ("The Tenth Planet", "The Tomb of the Cybermen", "The Moonbase", "Robot", "The Ark in Space", "Genesis of the Daleks", "Terror of the Zygons", "Pyramids of Mars", "The Android Invasion", "The Deadly Assassin", and "The Invisible Enemy" all contribute major plot points and setpieces to various stories) and longer actor-driven scenes returning to the series' theatrical history. Series 8 even has two teachers at Coal Hill School and a disruptive Coal Hill School pupil serving as companions to varying extents, directly referencing the original companion team of Ian, Barbara, and Susan. (The Spinoff Class, which debuted between Series 9 and 10, is set at Coal Hill; Twelve appears in its first episode.)
      • The modern series brought longer episodes than classic Who — 45 minutes or longer compared to 25 minutes or lessnote  — but also more single-episode stories, meaning fewer cliffhanger episode endings. For Series 7 Steven Moffat eliminated cliffhangers altogether, and this held for Series 8 until the Season Finale: a two-parter with a classical cliffhanger in the middle that also brings back some classic series villains for the first time in Twelve's tenure. Series 9 is almost entirely multi-part stories. Series 10 returns to a mix of one-off and multi-part stories, partially to break in new companion Bill, and the first two episodes hearken back to the Hartnell era by being one-offs with endings that lead into the next episode's opening scene! (In DWM, Moffat explained that whenever they feel comfortable making Doctor Who, it's a sign they should try doing it differently.)
    • Chris Chibnall put his own spin on taking the show back to its roots in series 11, with there being three companions, and the show taking on an educational/family-orientated approach, much like the Hartnell era.
      • In "Spyfall", he introduced a new incarnation of the Master who, instead of the laser screwdrivers, disintegrators and sonic umbrellas of his new series predecessors, goes back to having the Tissue Compression Eliminator as his primary weapon.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was forced by Christopher Meloni's departure to go back to a more rounded set of characters instead of being centered around Stabler and Benson.
  • Once Upon a Time spent Seasons 2 through 5 pitting the heroes against all manner of villains, including Peter Pan, The Snow Queen, Hades, and Mr. Hyde and sending them to all sorts of magical lands, including Neverland, Camelot, and The Underworld. Season 6 stays in Storybrooke the whole way through and pits the heroes against Rumpelstiltskin and (a version of) The Evil Queen, the villains who started it all, making it feel it a lot more like Season 1, to the point of recreating several iconic moments from it and ending in a finale featuring a perfected version of the Dark Curse being cast.
    • Season 7 also attempts this, being a Soft Reboot for the show, with the Dark Curse cast and characters being in a new location (a neighborhood in Seattle rather than a small town in Maine), an adult Henry playing Emma's old role while his daughter plays his old role, and the Wicked Stepmother from Cinderella playing a similar role to Regina.
  • Red Dwarf: Series X (aired in 2012, and the first full series of the show in thirteen years) returned to the basic setup of the four main characters alone on Red Dwarf, last seen in 1992's Series V. It was also entirely confined to the titular ship, like the very first series in 1988 was, although this was not intentional but the result of various difficulties surrounding the production which meant all the planned location filming had to be cancelled.
  • Star Trek: Voyager was this for the Star Trek franchise after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine focused more on political intrigue and Darker and Edgier themes: A lone Federation starship exploring the dangerous unknowns and meeting new life and new civilizations. Unfortunately, Voyager ended up becoming an example of why this trope isn't always a good thing: A lot of fans had rather appreciated DS 9's switch to season-long story arcs and tighter focus on getting to know a couple of individual alien cultures, which combined with behind the scenes drama that got worse with every season resulted in the series becoming one of the most polarising parts of the franchise.
  • Ultraman Max (2005) for the Ultra Series. After Ultraman Nexus proved to be a ratings bomb in its attempt to completely reboot the franchise in a Darker and Edgier manner, Ultraman Max returned to the franchise's roots of simple but exciting adventures against kaiju and aliens, maintaining a lighthearted and optimistic tone even when delving into serious matters, and producing numerous homages to the original series: Ultraman, Ultra Q, and Ultraseven.
  • The 2016 revival of The X-Files seems to be doing this. Mulder and Scully are broken up, and back working as FBI agents. On the behind the scenes side, the show will return to filming in Vancouver, and feature episodes written by early season writers such as Darin Morgan.

  • Starflyer 59 did this twice.
    • Their 2004 album I Am the Portuguese Blues was a deliberate throwback to their first three albums, from the 90s: lots of guitar distortion and no keyboards, in contrast with the Synth-Pop-influenced sound they had evolved into since then. (In fact, most of the tracks were unreleased demos from circa 1997, re-recorded for this album.) Its cover art (a solid color, with no text at all) was also a reference to those first three albums.
    • The song "Runaround" (from their 2016 album Slow) was a throwback to even further in the past. It's a realization of the faster, punk-influenced sound Jason Martin considered playing, before he settled on shoegazing as the style for his first album.
  • Loreena McKennitt started off singing traditional Celtic songs and slowly expanded to include other cultures, becoming more of a World musician. In 2010, she released an album composed of traditional Celtic songs.
  • The Beatles and Let It Be. It bears pointing out that the Let It Be project was originally called Get Back because this was precisely the idea (and that of course is also the reason the song was called "Get Back"). This was an attempt to return to the sort of spontaneous, energetic rock and roll they'd played at the beginning of their career - as opposed to the sophisticated and intricately produced music they'd moved on to. The recording sessions were a disaster, the band largely abandoned the "back to basics" approach for their last recorded album, Abbey Road, and once Let It Be finally saw release in 1970, it was given a considerable amount of orchestral embellishments by Phil Spector that went sharply against the original intentions for the project. A "back to basics" version of the album wouldn't come to fruition until the 2003 Remix Album Let It Be... Naked.
  • Orbital first rose to prominence making acid techno—then they switched to a style based on eclectic sampling, while straddling the line between ambient and rave music. (Another attempted style change, 2001's darker drum 'n bass-heavy album The Altogether, was not as well-received.) For their 2004 release, Blue Album—at the time, meant to be their last album ever—they returned to the acid techno sound of their early years. The song "One Perfect Sunrise" was a modern counterpart to their classic "Halcyon + On + On". Even the title, Blue Album, was a reference to Orbital's first two albums, which were officially self-titled but unofficially known as Green Album and Brown Album.
  • They Might Be Giants' 2011 album "Join Us" brought back some of the drum machines and synths from their first few albums.
  • Ratt's 2010 album "Infestation" brought back the band's classic hard rock sound.
  • Elton John did this twice:
    • The 1983 album Too Low for Zero reunited Elton with his core band of Davey Johnstone (guitar), Dee Murray (bass) and Nigel Olsson (drums), the core musicians who backed Elton on his classic 1972-75 material and had Bernie Taupin back as full-time lyricist, and delivered a consistent and '70s-nostalgic set of material with subtle synth touches.
    • In 2001, the "stripped-down" Songs From The West Coast was aimed more at his singer-songwriter roots than the pop charts.
  • Of Montreal has done this twice. 2002's Aldhils Arboretum and 2013's Lousy with Sylvianbriar are both built around straight forward rock songs (well, straightforward by Kevin Barnes standards) that harken back to the band's early indie days. What's more, both albums followed a series of elaborate concept albums.
  • Good as I Been to You (1992) by Bob Dylan marked his return to his roots by being the first solo acoustic studio album he recorded since Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964).
  • Disintegration (1989) marked The Cure's return to their Goth Rock roots after several years of a more accessible commercial sound.
  • Metallica's St. Anger (2003) was hyped as a return to the band's thrash metal roots (though the songs rarely had any guitar solos, which was a huge difference). 2008's Death Magnetic returned to the sound and style of their '80s material (albeit with some appropriately modern touches). Eight years later, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct went ever further with the "roots" motif, given the main inspiration was the band's debut album Kill 'Em All.
  • Korn's 2002 album Untouchables featured a mellow, more experimental soundscape, and was not well received by fans, so the group decided to change their plans for the next album, Take a Look in the Mirror. As the band's vocalist Jonathan Davis put it, even the title refers to going back to the style of their self-titled debut album from 1994: "[Take a Look in the Mirror] is about us as a band, taking a look in the mirror and remembering where we came from, remembering our roots, going back to basics." Featuring the signature agressive vocals and distorted bass guitar riffs, it's much more recognizable, than the sounds of Untouchables were. In 2016, the release of The Serenity of Suffering also marked a similar period in their career. Guitarist, Head gave the following description: "[This album] is heavier than anyone's heard us in a long time.", referring to the album offering a style very similar to their early releases.
  • While they began their career as an Alternative Hip Hop/boom bap trio, The Black Eyed Peas reached the mainstream in the Noughties with the introduction of Fergie; this resulted in them taking a Pop Rap and Glam Rap direction with Elephunk and Monkey Business, before going more EDM with The E.N.D. Masters of the Sun Vol. 1, the group's first album since the departure of Fergie from the group, sees BEP - now back to their original form, go back to the sound from their first two albums almost completely.
  • Juno Reactor's The Golden Sun of the Great East returns to the duo's psytrance roots, following the more eclectic and experimental Shango, Labyrinth, and Gods and Monsters albums.
  • Front Line Assembly, following forays into Industrial Metal, IDM, drum n bass, and ambient, revisited their EBM/electro-industrial stomping grounds with Echogenetic.
  • By the singles released thus far, Midnight Resistance's third album looks to be returning his dark synthpop roots, after the more mainstream guitar-focused The Mirror Cage.
  • CKY's fifth album The Phoenix deliberately returns to a style far more in line with the band's first two albums, being written to be a follow-up to the band's second album Infiltrate. Destroy. Build. and building off of its sound.
  • Apoptygma Berzerk were one of the founding bands of the Future Pop subgenre of Industrial in the '90s, but in the 2000s, they made a total Genre Shift to Indie Rock. Then in the 2010s, they reverted to industrial electronica with the Exit Popularity Contest album.
  • This was the premise of the "neotraditional" movement in Country Music in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Country music had taken an increasingly pop-leaning turn following the release of the movie Urban Cowboy in 1980, and while this brought the genre to new heights of mainstream success, this went hand-in-hand with an increased focus on commercialism and fashion over content and quality. Rising to prominence in retaliation to this trend were artists such as George Strait, Keith Whitley, Randy Travis, The Judds, Dwight Yoakam, and Ricky Skaggs, who pushed for a more twangy, traditional-leaning Three Chords and the Truth style of country. This culminated in the "Class of '89", a group of traditional-influenced artists fronted by Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and Clint Black who combined their sounds with phenomenally strong sales and airplay. Demonstrating that country didn't have to "go pop" in order to be popular, they pushed older, poppier acts like Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers, and the like largely out of the limelight.
  • Many genres of rock music are also often rooted in the premise of taking rock back to the days "when it was still good" before the innovations that they spurned. Bands that claim to play Three Chords and the Truth are especially big on this.
    • In The '70s, the founders of Punk Rock set out to get rock music back to its scrappy, guitar band roots, feeling that the rise of Progressive Rock had made the genre inaccessible and obtuse. To quote Tommy Ramone:
      "In its initial form, a lot of [1960's] stuff was innovative and exciting. Unfortunately, what happens is that people who could not hold a candle to the likes of Hendrix started noodling away. Soon you had endless solos that went nowhere. By 1973, I knew that what was needed was some pure, stripped down, no bullshit rock 'n' roll."
    • The bands that founded grunge didn't have this as its original intent the way that the original punks did; many were only connected by their origin in the Seattle underground rock scene. To many listeners and later bands, however, it felt like a revival of 70's Punk Rock and Heavy Metal, and a repudiation of the excesses of 80's Hair Metal.
    • Britpop, in turn, was big on throwing back to the energy of the British Invasion bands of The '60s, pushing back against the American influence that its artists saw in grunge and bringing rock back to the days when the Brits ruled the scene.
    • By the 2000's, it came full circle, with the Post-Punk revival interested in bringing Alternative Rock back to the experimentation of the early '80s, in a repudiation of what both Post-Grunge and post-Britpop had turned into by then.
  • Mr. Bungle's First Reunion album is a rerecording of their early demo, "The Raging Wrath of The Easter Bunny," done in a stripped-down Thrash Metal style as opposed to their more avant-garde studio albums from their original incarnation.
  • Der dritte Raum's 2017 EP Polarized Echoes revisits their classic progressive/tech trance sound, after many years of focusing on minimal/neo trance and microhouse.
  • AKB48 56th single "Sustainable" has the MV that revisiting their previous singles as well scenes that echoing them. Going all the way back to their first major single "Aitakatta"note , "Iiwake Maybe" and "10nen Sakura"note , "Koisuru Fortune Cookie"note , "Teacher Teacher"note . All shown singles are basically the major points in their historynote 

    Video Games 
  • Guitar Hero Live ditched the bass guitar and drums that were added in Guitar Hero: World Tour, but it kept the vocals and introduced a new guitar controller.
  • This is the entire premise of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, as well as Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Shortly after the release of Sonic Adventure 2 —which continued Sonic's trajectory into 3D gameplay and more elaborate and darker storylines— came the release of the first Sonic Advance, which played in 2D and served as a basic recreation of the earliest Genesis games (taking after Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in particular) in stage design, game mechanics, and a simple plot "Dr. Eggman kidnaps animals; Sonic rescues them". (Advance is however more of a downplayed example, as it wasn't explicitly stated to be based off of the originals and comes with its own fair share of changes, such as having the character designs and aesthetics introduced in Adventure and onwards.) While considered not quite as good as the Genesis originals, Advance generally gets approval as a solid Spiritual Successor.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was the first Sonic game specifically billed as a direct attempt at going back to basics, and was also the first 2D Sonic game released on consoles since Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
    • Half of the premise of Sonic Generations is that Sonic from the Classic era games is brought forward in time to the present, and also marks the first time Sonic's original design from that era is used in a new game. Classic Sonic plays very close to the original games, much closer than in Sonic 4, and is near indistinguishable in the 3DS version.
    • The second direct attempt at going back to the roots was made with Sonic Mania, built from Christian Whitehead's Retro Engine to replicate 1:1 the classic Sonic physics; designed by long-time fans and modders, the game was a mix of redesigned classic stages with new ones. Going the full retraux route of having 32-bit sprites reminiscent of the 16-bit sprites of the Genesis games, exclusively using the original designs, and billing itself as a direct sequel to Sonic 3 & Knuckles (and thus knocking Sonic 4 into Canon Discontinuity).
  • After over ten years of collecting Stars and Shine Sprites in 3D, New Super Mario Bros. marked Mario's return to 2D gameplay and the original Super Mario premise of having to reach the end of the stage, flagpole at the end and everything. This idea was so successful that it not only spawned its own series of sequels, this linear gameplay style was transferred to the 3D installments: loosely into the two Galaxy games and fully-adhered to in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, which were themselves described by the two developers as having the exact game design style transferred to 3D. Things then came full circle when the shift to linear 3D Mario titles resulted in Nintendo's returning to Mario's 3D roots; with the open-ended exploration of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine revisited with the development of Super Mario Odyssey.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite returned to the 2-on-2 bouts that were first featured in X-Men vs. Street Fighter, making it easier for newcomers. It also brought back the Infinity Gems (now renamed "Infinity Stones"), a gameplay mechanic that hadn't been used since Marvel Super Heroes back in 1995.
  • Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10: By that time, Mega Man games had complex storylines and complicated gameplay. These two games kept their plots simple and plays almost exactly like an extension of Mega Man 2, even keeping the NES appearance. In fact, these two games were designed by the same people who made the original Mega Man (Classic) games.
  • Halo has done this a number of times over the years:
    • While Halo 2 and Halo 3 added all sorts of new aspects like duel-wielding and fully rechargeable heath (instead of just the shields), Gaiden Game Halo 3: ODST and prequel Halo: Reach deliberately scaled them back, hewing closer to the original gameplay model presented by Halo: Combat Evolved.
    • Halo 5: Guardians once again features a pair of protagonists, an idea that was tried in Halo 2 but was not expanded upon. Also, Halo 5's Arena-mode multiplayer was designed to reflect the original trilogy's multiplayer, resulting in the complete removal of the Armor Abilities, loadout customization, and ordinance drops introduced in Reach and Halo 4.
    • Halo Wars 2 features aesthetics more reminiscent of Bungie-era Halo than 343 Industries' take. This is even justified by the story: the Spirit of Fire's UNSC forces have just come out of a 28-years-long stay in cryosleep, while the Banished broke away from the Covenant before the events of Halo 2.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • The series; after VI was a steampunk world that coined the term Magitek, VII and VIII shifted to a modern-esque setting with electricity spaceships and cities. IX then brought things back to a medieval setting of castles, airships and villages. As well, while VII and VIII had a three-character party system where they were as unique in battle (or not) as the character customized them, IX went back to the style of four party members with pre-set skills as earlier games had done.
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake is much closer in tone to the original 1997 Final Fantasy VII than the Compilation Of Final Fantasy VII titles of the 2000s had been, incorporating more of the original's goofy humour and irony (presenting Cloud as a 'dorky' character) as well as its anti-corporation, environmentalist politics (which had been neglected in later titles). It also synthesises this with Advent Children-style character designs and environments, creating a more realistic, detailed and plausible world than the more abstract and cartoony depiction in the original game.
    • According to Producer Naoki Yoshida, he wanted to create a more "straightforward fantasy" game with Final Fantasy XVI, which many fans welcomed after the last few games were very Science Fiction-heavy.
  • Atelier Rorona is intended to be this for the Atelier series. After the more standard Eastern RPG style of Atelier Iris and Mana Khemia games, Atelier Rorona returns to the simulation, alchemy-based gameplay of the first five games (which are only available in Japan).
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Thief: Deadly Shadows was in many ways a blend of the sensibilities of the first two games, but it recalls the style of the first one a bit more, without being a homage. It has a tighter story focus, more firmly medieval set dressing with less overt steampunk, a slightly more supernatural tone, and a smaller, humbler assortment of gadgets. All this while also keeping the narrative and gameplay focus on The City and on the mundane heist missions, just like the second game.
  • To date, nearly every game based on the Alien series has taken its cues from the later movies (Aliens onward), featuring badass Space Marines facing waves of Xenomorphs with BFGs. Alien: Isolation revisited the franchise's Survival Horror roots, pitting a lone everyman protagonist against a single alien in a dark spaceship, just as the 1979 original did. As the production staff has stated in interviews, practically everything in the game (from architecture to sound effects) is inspired by the original Alien in some way.
  • After struggling with the difficult-to-program and (initially) overpriced PlayStation 3, many people have observed that Sony's strategy with the PlayStation 4 returns to the principles that made the original PlayStation so successful, such as a developer-friendly system architecture and a competitive price point. This is alluded to by Mark Cerny in a press conference; since the PlayStation 2, Sony's architecture got progressively harder to work with and games took longer to develop for them. With the PlayStation 4's architectual simplicity, they returned to the swiftness of the original PlayStation.
  • Ratchet & Clank:
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is purported to be this by the developers. After a war-like third entry and a darker game-show-arena fourth entry, Tools distilled the series down to the core elements that worked the best from all four previous titles, whilst also adding in a few new ideas of its own and a larger emphasis on the plot. While later games went in different directions again, the tone and basic gameplay never deviated far from what Tools of Destruction established.
    • Full Frontal Assault was coined as being this for the camera angle after All 4 One used an on-rails third-person camera, while Into the Nexus was this for the gameplay overall.
  • DiRT Rally was deliberately developed as a technically up-to-date, no-nonsense Nintendo Hard rally simulation game, in the vein of the Colin McRae Rally series and once-rival titles such as Richard Burns Rally. Codemasters kept the game's existence under wraps until the last minute, in order to give fans of their older rally titles a real surprise. Given the positive reception of the game, it seems to have payed off.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas does this within the game itself, and in-universe. Early in the game you would be killing rival gangs in Los Santos, taking over their territories. During the game you will end up buying properties in San Fierro, getting a share in a casino in Las Venturas, etc... - until Sweet reminds you of where you came from. Then, once you return to LS, you'll start shooting Ballas and conquering their territories again.
  • DOOM (2016) returned the Doom franchise to its fast-paced and action-packed run-and-gun roots, in sharp contrast to how the previous main entry, Doom 3, was more of a survival-horror game.
  • Dead Rising 4 was explicitly being called this in its advertising, as it takes place back in the city of Williamette, CO and once more stars Frank West (the protagonist of the original Dead Rising). It also takes place in a mall (same as the original game), however it's a different mall (Williamette Memorial Mall as opposed to Williamette Parkview Mall) and it's 16 years after the events of Dead Rising (one year after Dead Rising 3).
  • The Driver series started off as a pure driving game and a homage to classic Car Chase scenes. As the series went on however it began to Follow the Leader of Grand Theft Auto, with mixed results. Come Driver: San Francisco: gunplay and on-foot gameplay is gone, and all the new mechanics focus purely on driving. The final result is considered the highlight of the series, and one of the most unique driving games out there.
  • In Dragon Ball Xenoverse's pre-fight dialogue, Broly behaves much closer to his original characterization in Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan than in its two sequels. After years of his more infamous portrayal as a mindless rage monster only capable of Pokémon Speak, Broly is much closer to his much earlier Blood Knight portayal.
  • While Resident Evil 7: Biohazard differs in its first-person camera, it's a throwback to the first game, Resident Evil, instead of the increasingly action-focused direction Resident Evil 4 started. Several classic mechanics return, such as scarce ammo and health items, convoluted puzzles and locked doors, and frequent backtracking in a residence full of evil.
  • Since leaving the World War II setting in 2008, Call of Duty been to the present day and beyond (with a short jaunt to the Cold War in Black Ops). The 2017 game will finally return the series to the staple Allied vs. Axis conflict that started it all.
  • Ace Combat, after a decade away from making mainline games in its established Strangereal universe, in which there were rather divisive games that for fans felt like a Follow the Leader of Call of Duty and an Allegedly Free Game, respectively, is apparently back to the style and setting of the PS2 era that earned it its fans with Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  • Soulcalibur VI returns to the original setting of the Soul Series, specifically the very first game titled Soulcalibur (which was actually the second in the series). This was after the infamous Soft Reboot attempted by the seventeen year Time Skip of Soulcalibur V, where many longtime iconic characters were replaced with younger, poorly-defined newcomers. With the setting, comes a complete host of iconic returning characters, a story the retells the tale of Souls and Swords, as well as gameplay elements that had been forgotten such as day/night settings and classic stages from the older games.
  • After Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy showed us just how Batman might work in a serious, modernized setting, Batman: Arkham Series reintroduced us to the dark, anachronistic Gotham and corny-but-not-to-be-trifled-with villains we got to know from the Tim Burton movies and the animated series. Then Zig-Zagged, as the prequel game took more cues from Nolan.
  • Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! borrows many elements from the Gen I Pokémon games. Being a modernized remake of Pokémon Yellow, players receive a starter Pokémon that follows their character around: either Pikachu or Eevee, depending on the version played. The games take place in the Kanto region (the setting of the original games) and features only the original 151 Pokémon (not counting Alolan variants or Meltan). Held items, breeding, abilities, and weather effects (all additions made over previous installments) have been removed to simplify the experience.
  • Super Mario Party, after five years of the franchise experimenting with alternate formulas, returns to the non-linear board game mechanic where players navigate around the board to search for stars and collect coins, and a minigame is played between rounds. Nintendo even describes it as a "complete relaunch" or "complete refresh" of the series.
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth. After the third game added seafaring on a separate series of maps and the fourth game introduced an overworld that the player can explore, as well as the Untold games that retell the first two games with characters that have canon personalities and dialogue and the spinoff Etrian Mystery Dungeon, EOV ditches a lot of these elements and goes back to focusing on the "scale a 30-floor dungeon with a guild of player-created blank-slate adventurers" format.
  • DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou is more in line with its twice-removed predecessor DoDonPachi dai ou jou than its immediate predecessor DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu, bringing back Element Dolls as partners (whereas in DFK, the Element Dolls are all enemy bosses), using a Hyper-stacking system similar to DOJ (whereas DFK does not have it), doing away with the bullet-cancelling focus of DFK, and making the strongest gameplay style an explicitly-billed "Expert" mode once again.
  • Konami's and M2's ReBirth games — Gradius ReBirth, Contra ReBirth, and Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth — are all designed to go back to the 16- and 32-bit days of their respective series. For Castlevania in particular, it also marked the first linear-progression "Classicvania" (as opposed to the more modern "Metroidvania" exploration-based format) since Castlevania Legends. Gradius ReBirth and Castlevania ReBirth also stand out for exploring elements of their respective canons that hadn't been touched since the early 90's (The MSX Nemesis / Burton-vs-Venom arc for Gradius, Christopher Belmont for Castlevania).

    Web Animation 
  • For the Homestar Runner short "Hremail 7" (which retcons the origins of the Strong Bad Emails), the characters reverted back to older models (and for some of them, older voices), and the dialogue features a bunch of catch phrases or running gags that hadn't been used in years.
    • sbemail 100 which tells the story of Strong Bad and Homestar's first meeting, adopts a storybook motif and the designs from the original children's book.


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  • The Irate Gamer, since the jump to HD, had an ongoing storyline. Towards the end of the storyline, Bores created some non-sequential episodes that were closer to the earlier videos.
  • After its initial gimmick of mashing two or more popular weapons into a single weapon fell flat with the fans, Man At Arms: Reforged went back to the original series' premise of simply forging weapons from various fantasy series.
  • Joueur du Grenier: The X-Perts 2016 episode is done in the style of the videos from the beginning of the series, poking fun at their low quality and mocking several tropes used at the time.
    JdG: What's happening? Why is the picture so small? Why is it misshaped? Why is everything ugly and gross? AND WHY IS THE SOUND SATURATING WHEN I SPEAK LOUDER?!
    Seb: I think we're back in 2010... Oh fuck, my voice, shit!
  • Since his 2012 return, The Nostalgia Critic cycled between reviews that contain sketches with a supporting cast, and editorials where he discusses subjects ranging from fandom reactions to film trivia. Starting with the Cats Don't Dance review, however, the Critic has phased out the editorials in favor of a return to his earlier flavor of reviewing movies without his supporting cast or the emphasis on sketches.
  • After a 2-year phase of more commentary and reaction-based videos ala h3h3productions and Pyrocynical, PewDiePie returned to playing Minecraft in mid-2019 for “Gaming Week”.

    Western Animation 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) was heavily inspired by the original Mirage comics, instead of the cheesy '87 series. This meant being less afraid to go Darker and Edgier (though still nowhere near Mirage's parodic levels of bloodshed; they still had censors to deal with), keeping Stockman black, and using characters like the Justice Force, Renet, and the Fugitoid.
  • According to its creators, Ben 10: Omniverse was an attempt to return the franchise as a whole back in alignment with the original Ben 10 series. Omniverse tones down the Darker and Edgier aspects and drastically changed the art to a less realistic style as compared to Alien Force and Ultimate Alien. The show frequently has flashbacks to adventures of 11 year-old Ben (that occurred a year after the events the Original Series) and reintroduces characters and aliens seen in the original series.
  • Blue's Clues & You!: There were a few things that were brought back from the early seasons of the original series. They even used them in the non remakes in Season 2.
    • "We Just Figured Out Blue's Clues" song returns from the first 4 seasons of the original series after its absence from the last 2 seasons of that series.
    • "The So Long Song" returns from the first 5 seasons of the original series after its absence from the final season of that series.
    • The full version of "Play Blue's Clues" returns from the first 5 seasons of the original series.
    • Standing up in the striped background before singing "Play Blue's Clues" returns from the first 2 seasons of the original series.
    • Guessing wrong answers to the Blue's Clues game returns from the first 2 seasons of the original series.
    • The music clues return from the first 5 seasons of the original series after their absences from the second half of the fifth season and final season of that series.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic zigzags this by having double-length episodes be similar in scale and tone to the adventure stories that were seen in the first generation of the franchise, while a majority of episodes consist of the Slice of Life seen in most other MLP shows.
  • The first two seasons of X-Men: Evolution are essentially this for the X-Men mythos, returning to the original premise of the comics: a High School drama about teenage mutants learning to control their powers while dealing with the typical struggles of growing up.
  • While The Spectacular Spider-Man took a lot of aspects from across Spidey's canon, it specifically drew many storylines and plotlines from Lee-Ditko Spider-Man: making it very much a high school drama, with Gwen Stacy and Liz Allan appearing before Mary Jane for the spot of Peter's main Love Interests (and returning the latter to her original aloof and independent party-girl personality while making her Peter and Gwen's friend and who would have became the main love interest had the show continued, especially since Peter's other relationships with Liz and Gwen end on a low note by Season 2. The show is even credited as "created by" Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and only "adapted" by Greg Weisman and Victor Cook.
  • The 3-2-1 Penguins! episodes "12 Angry Hens", "Kennel Club Blues", "Oh, Mercy", and "Promises, Promises" had only one of the twins going on the mission like they did in the direct-to-video episodes instead of both of them.
  • The Batman started out doing its own thing with the Bat-mythos, but gradually, that got into more familiar territory: introducing Batgirl and Robin, giving Bats his signature Lantern Jaw of Justice (possibly to indicate aging), replacing Marion Grange with Hamilton Hill (who would be more familiar to the viewers of the previous animated Batman series) and playing down the new stylized designs of the villains.
  • After decades of dark, serious Batman stories, Batman: The Brave and the Bold revived the goofy silliness of the Silver Age stories.
  • Star Wars started out as a tribute to some of Lucas' favorite films. Star Wars: The Clone Wars acknowledges this by doing a lot of Whole Plot Reference episodes to famous movies. Its (initial) lighthearted tone also makes it resemble a lot of the cheesy Star Wars kids' shows that popped up in the 70s and 80s.
  • The 2001 The Flintstones special The Flintstones: On the Rocks returns to its roots from the original show's early run as it is aimed for an older demographic.
  • Season 3 of Justice League Unlimited takes many cues from the earliest Justice League of America stories from the Silver Age, in marked contrast to earlier seasons, which were mainly based on more recent Bronze Age stories. Most notably, the first episode features the League establishing the Hall of Justice as a second base in addition to the Watchtower, and continues the story with a fugitive Lex Luthor joining the new Secret Society (which is very much modeled after the Legion of Doom) after having his many crimes exposed. Overlaps with Decon-Recon Switch; the season spends much time reconstructing the same Superhero Tropes that the previous season deconstructed, returning to the light-hearted and optimistic tone of early League stories.
  • Transformers

  • In religion, this is the definition of fundamentalism: an attempt to boil a religion down to certain core precepts that the faith would be completely different without, often those that the founders and early followers believed. The tendency to be very vocal about this gave fundamentalists a reputation for holding Holier Than Thou attitudes towards other believers. The term comes from the Christians, specifically the Niagara Bible Conference in the late 19th century, which took the virgin birth of Jesus, His having performed miracles, His having died as atonement for humanity's sin, His bodily resurrection, and The Bible as the divinely-inspired last word on all matters of religious doctrine as the core precepts of Christianity.


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