Created By: KingZeal on April 16, 2010

Got The Call On Speed Dial

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Tommy Oliver shows us how it's done.

So The Hero answered The Call To Adventure? Excellent. As the adventure continues, whether he Jumped at the Call or simply came to accept it, he's started to become acclimated to the idea. Maybe he enjoys being a Hero, or maybe he just realizes that no one else is better suited for the job. Either way, our Hero is here to stay.

But what's this? Something has gone horribly wrong!

Either the dastardly villain has taken away the Hero's abilities, or there's been a nasty accident. Either way, the Hero's powers are gone, and there's no one left to answer The Call.

Good thing our Hero's Got the Call on Speed Dial.

This is a special variation on Jumped at the Call when a Hero has gotten so accustomed to The Call, he immediately goes out and seeks new abilities every time they encounter the Bag of Spilling. Usually, for this trope to be in effect, the Hero would have to go back to "square one"--being a relatively ordinary and unremarkable person. If they still retain some power, albeit only a fraction of what their peak was, then The Call never truly hung up. This trope is meant for the characters who could, at any time, choose to go back to an ordinary life, but steadfastly refuse and Jump At The Call once more.

Do not confuse with Regular Caller, in which a Hero answers a different call throughout multiple stories, episodes, or sequels.



  • This is a regular occurrence for Tony Stark, who constantly sees his latest suit destroyed, only for him to go back to the workshop and create a bigger and better one.
  • Rick Jones is the ULTIMATE example of this trope, having been a sidekick for, or gained the powers of, an improbable number of Marvel superheroes.
  • Mary Marvel tried this recently in the awful Countdown to Final Crisis series. ...It didn't quite work out for her...
  • Superman has done this on a countless number of occasions.
  • Ben Grimm of the Fantastic Four and also The Hulk. This has happened to them multiple times in the various comics, movies TV series - they get cured, then suddenly need the power. For some reason they never try to use the same technique to cure themselves again even when there are plans, a prototype, a backup and even the very thing that cured them is still around.
  • Just about every member of the XMen has lost their powers at some point, and their responses tend to )vary. People Blessed with Suck (like Beast or Rogue) tend to feel heartfelt relief, while others who enjoy their powers (like Angel or Iceman) fall into despair. However, the most prominent example has to be Quicksilver. Following the events of Houseof M, Quicksilver no longer had the mutant gene, so he stole the Inhumans' "Terrigen Mists" to gain new superpowers. Hilarity Ensued.

  • Tommy Oliver from the various Power Rangers series makes a habit of this trope.

  • Ben Tennyson from Ben 10 and its sequel series, Ben 10: Alien Force. In numerous episodes, he has lost or misplaced the Omnitrix, and fought to get it back. When he did finally retire after the original series, he finds and dons it once more when it's clear that he's needed.

  • Alex, the main character of Lunar: The Silver Star Story. He loses his powers near the end of the game, and even winds up deposited right back at his peasant village. Meanwhile, the Big Bad is still progressing his evil plans for world domination. In the end, Alex manages to restore his powers and returns to the villain's tower to save the day.
  • In Chrono Trigger, the player party invokes this during one of the Alternate Endings. With The Hero dead, their Time Machine destroyed, and every Time Gate closed permanently, the party builds their own Time Machine and reunites the old gang to go time-hopping one more time to search for a way to bring their dead comrade back to life. Pulls double-shift as a Crowning Momentof Heartwarming.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • April 16, 2010
    Probably Needs A Better Title, speed dial is for who you call and not the other way around, and nobody really goes out find to The Call, it's usually The Call who finds them.

    Maybe The Call Has You On Speed Dial ?
  • April 16, 2010
    No, it's actually in the right order. This is where the hero not only Jumps at the Call, he actively seeks it out. It's sort of like "Hey, Call, I'd like to do some world-saving. How's about I'll get myself new powers and you'll find something for me to save. Capisce?"

    The Call Has You On Speed Dial might be when the hero can't catch a break from the Call--he/she never has a chance to relax, but just goes from one moment of world-saving to another. "Oh, hi, Mom! I'd really like to talk right now, but I've got the Call on the other line. Yes, that happened yesterday. And the day before. No, I was not aware that we haven't had a proper conversation in three months. And what's this, Dad died last Thursday? I'm not sure that will work now that I have superpowers. No, I can't promise I'll be home for Passover [this hero's mother is obviously Jewish, don't you agree?]. What's this? You'd do that? No, don't cry, mother. Don't...dammit...OK, I'll be home for Passover. 'Bye Mom *click* Hey, Call, do you mind sparing me for eight days?"
  • April 16, 2010
    That seems like a good idea, too.
  • April 16, 2010
    Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four movie. This has happened to both Grimm and Bruce Banner (The Hulk) multiple times in the comics - they get cured, then suddenly need the power. For some reason they never try to use the same technique to cure themselves again even when there are plans, a prototype, a backup and even the very thing that cured them is still around.
  • April 17, 2010
    Similar/related to Cant Stay Normal?
  • April 17, 2010
    Compare and contrast Cant Stay Normal (type 2).
  • April 17, 2010
    Can'tStayNormal is when someone who WANTS to be normal finds out that The Call just won't leave them alone. Yeah, Type 2 is similar to GTCOSD because a situation appears when someone needs to have their powers back, but the intent of Got The Call On Speed Dial is that the character is very willing to Jump At The Call the second his/her powers are lost. If we take out the Hulk example earlier, we could simply use examples where being normal just isn't attractive to them, even if the reason they accepted The Call in the first place has passed.
  • April 17, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    May need a new photo as the first two aren't even of "Tommy Oliver" but his Japanese counterpart. Not sure on the other two.
  • April 17, 2010
    Yeah, pics of the Red Zeo and Black Dino Rangers without their masks are hard to find.
  • April 29, 2010
    @Unknown Troper All four are Tommy Oliver in his costume in an American context, which would make sense since this is a western wiki.

    Oh yeah, YKTTW Bump
  • May 26, 2010
    Do we have enough for a Launch?
  • May 26, 2010
    Three Rules Of Three, you're probably clear.