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  • The entire point of The Wheel of Time series is that this trope is almost literal truth. The Creator made the Wheel of Time and, by design, it makes time cyclical and all major events will eventually happen again and again in some fashion, without end. The Big Bad seeks to destroy the Wheel of Time, which would upset the status quo. The good guys seek to prevent this, so maintenance of the status quo is the Good Guy Prime Directive.
    • The fact that the Wheel of Time can only be destroyed by destroying the universe might also have something to do with it.
  • The Red Dwarf novel Backwards, written by Rob Grant (who co-wrote the original six seasons of the television show). In this book, the "best end" Grant could come up with was having everything revert to as it is in the TV series, in spite of two of the cast dying and the other two being reverted in age by 10 years.
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  • The novels of P. G. Wodehouse, which typically begin with a disruption of the status quo — an engagement broken off, a cook threatening to resign, Bertie growing a moustache — and end with its restoration. Jeeves is the archetypal status quo-restorer.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe trilogy "Black Fleet Crisis" seemed to toy with the idea of replacing the New Republic's (formerly the Rebel Alliance) iconic X-wings with a new starfighter: the E-wing. It didn't last, as all subsequent books mostly went back to X-wings whenever there was a space battle to be had. They were upgraded X-wing models to be sure, but the important thing is that they were still the same familiar ship we saw in the movies.
  • In Space Marine Battles novel Death of Integrity, the plot centers on retrieving a data core containing all pre-Heresy weapon designs, the reintroduction of which would spell death to all mankind's enemies. Given how it's Warhammer 40,000, infamous for upholding its status quo, you can guess how well that goes.
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  • Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River: The President is planning to rebuild the dams that were destroyed during the flood.
  • Justified in Maskerade, where a vampire manages to make his family immune to most Classical Movie Vampire weaknesses. In the end, it's explained that it's actually better for vampires to get staked by an angry mob once in a while, as trying to get around their many weaknesses leads to their victims looking for a more permanent solution (such as taking the ashes, sealing them in a bottle, and sending it over the Rim).
  • Anna & Elsa, the books canonically set after Frozen, are meant to expand the world, but everytime something happens that may seem life changing, it doesn't happen. Anna doesn't regain the memories of Elsa's powers before the accident, there is no queen with fire magic, Elsa doesn't enter a romantic relationship and Kristoff doesn't lose his job.
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  • In Nineteen Eighty-Four, O'Brien says In-Universe that the Party will never be brought down and the book ends with Winston Smith, the protagonist, being brainwashed into loving Big Brother like everyone else. Interestingly enough, there is an appendix at the end of the book, which seems to imply that the Party did eventually fall.

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