(Do We Have This One?
? I really can't find any trope that fits this, which surprises me. I'm sure there are a bunch more examples. In sports movies, for one. Needs a Better Title
A character is frustrated by the fact that they can't accomplish something important they could once have done. Maybe they've been injured or depowered
. Maybe it's just too late, and age has weakened them, or they know the job will take longer than they have left to live.
How they react varies. Maybe they'll try anyway. Maybe they'll look for someone else to Mentor
for the job. Maybe they'll decide no one else can do it, and give up (expect them to end up mentoring someone anyway if they do this). Many Old Superheroes
have an aspect of this.
- In Astro City the retired superhero Supersonic, is pulled out of retirement to deal with a giant robot. He destroys it, causing massive destruction in the process. Afterward he breaks down and explains that he never wanted to come back, because while in his younger days he would have found some clever way to beat it safely, his mind has deteriorated and he couldn't think of anything better than smashing it a lot until he could reach important wires.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire Maester Aemon laments that his age has left him too weak to survive the journey to Danaerys. As he predicts he dies partway through the journey, leaving Samwell to find someone else to advise her.
- Batman Beyond has Bruce Wayne retiring from being Batman due to his failing health, leaving Gotham without pointy-eared protection until Terry Mc Ginnis steals the suit. Eventually he accepts that Gotham still needs a Batman and that Terry is right for the job, though he still resents not being able to do it himself.