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[[caption-width-right:340:Clockwise from upper right: [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Tommy Oliver]], [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Tommy Oliver]], [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Tommy Oliver]], and [[OverlyLongGag Tommy Oliver]]. Not pictured: [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Tommy Oliver]], [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Tommy Oliver]], nor [[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Tommy Oliver]].[[note]]Or any of Tommy Oliver's 14 personal zords.[[/note]]]]

->"[[Music/{{Eminem}} Guess who's back?]] Back again? [[SixthRanger Green is back]], tell your friend! Guess who's back? Guess who's back?"
-->--'''JasonDavidFrank's Official {{Facebook}} Fan Page''', after his return is confirmed for ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce''

A hero has gotten so accustomed to TheCall, they go out and seek new abilities if they lose them.

Usually, for this trope to be in effect, the Hero would have to go back to "square one"--[[BroughtDownToNormal 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 [[JumpedAtTheCall Jump At The Call]] once more.

Do not confuse with RegularCaller, in which a Hero answers a different call throughout multiple stories, episodes, or sequels. If the Hero is subject to this trope against his will, it's CantStayNormal. Can often be a justification for a NextTierPowerUp, RePower, or even NewPowersAsThePlotDemands. May or may not include a TenMinuteRetirement.


See also ChronicHeroSyndrome

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime/Manga ]]

* At the end of the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', [[spoiler: all the Senshi were restored to life, having forgotten about their powers.]] When the next season's villains showed up, [[spoiler: Usagi became Sailor Moon again, but tried to let the others live a normal life. The very next episode, a Cardian attacked and the other girls witnessed it, and despite having no powers or memories of their time as the Sailor Senshi, [[JumpedAtTheCall they still stood up to fight it.]] Luna promptly restored their powers and memories.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[spoiler:Ichigo loses the powers he gained from Rukia, only to undergo TrainingFromHell to gain his own shinigami powers. He loses them again later, but TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive and offers to give him his powers back... in exchange for taking ''[[CursedWithAwesome a whole new set of powers]]'' off the Call's hands as a trade.]]
** [[spoiler:And then he loses ''those'' powers, too, but the Call won't give up so easily, and ''the ENTIRE set of Captains/Vice-Captains of the Gotei 13 are thus ORDERED to give him all new powers for the THIRD TIME!'' Damn, Ichigo. Why don't you just ''marry'' The Call at this point?]]
** Uryu from the same series provides another example. Early on, he burns out his powers by supercharging them with an UpgradeArtifact. In a {{Filler}} arc, he gets a temporary UpgradeArtifact that breaks at the end of the arc. Then, back in canon, he undergoes TrainingFromHell to regain his original powers.
* This happens with both ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' and ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' when they jump into their sequels, ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureMaxHeart'' and ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'': the girls defeat the bad guys, lose their powers, go on with their lives, then a new threat steps in and they get brand new powers to fight with.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* This is a regular occurrence for [[IronMan 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.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]] tried this in the ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' series. ...It didn't quite work out for her...
* Franchise/{{Superman}} has done this on a countless number of occasions.
* Just about every member of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' has lost their powers at some point, and their responses tend to vary. People BlessedWithSuck (like Beast or Rogue) tend to feel heartfelt relief, while others who enjoy their powers (like Angel or Iceman) fall into despair. There's also Quicksilver, who no longer had the mutant gene following the events of ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', so he stole ''TheInhumans''' "Terrigen Mists" to gain new superpowers. HilarityEnsued.
** After ComicBook/HouseOfM, this became the motivation for a huge number of depowered mutants who [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Just Wanted To Be Special Again]]. Polaris joined Apocalypse to get her powers back, Magneto made a deal with the High Evolutionary to get his powers back, Rictor tried to get his powers back but never succeeded, etc. There were even multiple teams of depowered mutants speed dialing the call. One was a NewWarriors team using technology to give themselves new powers, while the other, X-Cell, had characters such as Callisto, Marrow, and the Blob relying on their natural skills to force Quicksilver to restore their powers.
* WonderGirl has JumpedAtTheCall more than once by borrowing magical artifacts that gave her superpowers, but she had to give them back. So one day she just goes up to Zeus himself and asks for permanent powers. Zeus is so impressed at her boldness that he grants them. [[spoiler: Though the fact she was his daughter might have had something to do with it.]] Then when most of the gods leave the world, those powers fade, until ''Ares'' grants her some new ones. Then a bit later still she unlocks her own demi-god powers. All in all she's had something like four or five different power sources.
* Guy Gardner once had his ComicBook/GreenLantern Ring taken away. He proceeded to steal Sinestro's ring, and used it for a while. When that got destroyed, he activated his Vuldarian genes to become [[NinetiesAntiHero Warrior.]] When he exploded thanks to that, he got his ring back, this time for keeps.
** He also had a Red Lantern ring [[ComicBook/BlackestNight at one point]]...oh and [[{{CrowningMomentOfAwesome}} Green Lantern ring]] [[{{DualWielding}} at the same time.]]
* Speaking of Green Lantern ... Hal Jordan was a Green Lantern, then an omnicidal maniac, then ''dead'', then he became The Spectre, then he got better and became a Green Lantern again (and punched out Batman), then he was Agent Orange (briefly) before going back to being a Green Lantern, then a civilian, then a kind of renegade Green Lantern under Sinestro, then a ''Black'' Lantern, then a Green Lantern again.
* After he quit being ComicBook/{{Robin}}, Dick Grayson had the chance to live a normal life, but he quickly gave it up to become ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}.
* Cutter's tendency to constantly Jump To The call was parodied in the first ''{{Elfquest}} New Blood'' special.
--> '''Cutter''': A quest! Happy happy! Joy joy!
--> '''Leetah''': Oh, no you won't! First it was an [[TitleDrop Elf Quest]], then it was a Holt Quest, then it was a [[RuleOfThree Fuzzy Dice Quest]]! You go on this jaunt and your next quest will be for a new lifemate!

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Doc Brown from ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. Although his greatest wish near the end of the story is to destroy his own time machine, the trilogy ends with him and his family boarding a new one . . . ''[[CoolTrain made from a 19th Century TRAIN]]''

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Tommy Oliver from the various ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series makes a habit of this trope, having lost his powers around a half dozen times, and getting new ones each time, although there ''was'' a seven year break at one point.
** In fact, it would be possible for Tommy to form a full five man Ranger team of all the incarnations of his powers ''before'' the break, with the after the break, the Black Dino Ranger being once again the mentor and SixthRanger. Granted, there would be two Red Rangers (Zeo and Turbo) and two White Rangers (MMPR S2 version and MMPR S3 Ninja version). This doesn't include his clone, either.
** Tommy has had a record of 14 zords total: MMPR's Dragonzord, White Tigerzord, Falcon Ninjazord, and White Shogunzord; Zeo's Zeozord 5 (Phoenix), Red Battlezord, and Super Zeozord 5; Turbo's Red Lightning Turbozord[[note]]yeah, just the one, he retired before the Rescue Megazord set came up[[/note]]; and Dino Thunder's Brachiozord, Cephalazord, Dimetrozord, Stegozord, Parasaurzord and Ankylozord. Several of which could be their own megazord. ''Clearly'' Tommy lists The Call on his speed dial as "Personal Taxi Service".
** Jason Lee Scott put the call on speed dial instead to become the [[SixthRanger Gold Ranger]] in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.
*** Depending on definitions of "retaining some of their abilities", Billy might have attempted this trope or never hung up the call.
** Other Rangers that have [[GotTheCallOnSpeedDial Put The Call On Speed Dial]]:
##[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Adam]] and [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Justin]] each returned for an episode in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
## Each team whenever they return for a ReunionShow the next year (except the [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Alien Rangers]] and ''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]'' who never gave their powers up, while ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'' instinctively changed their minds after seeing smoke, and a fire engine race by during the retirement ceremony).
## All Red Rangers except the aforementioned exceptions in "[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Forever Red]]".
## Adam (again), [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Tori]], [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Kira]], [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Xander]] in "[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Once a Ranger]]" ([[Series/PowerRangersSPD Bridge]] was also there but he never hung up the call).
*** These Rangers had inverted TenMinuteRetirement, since they only got their powers back for the episode(s). But by the same token they didn't ''lose'' them at the end either. Somewhere out there is a team of Retro Rangers...
* For ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', most teams just put the call on hold after beating the BigBad, staying ready to return to action if their enemies return while leaving new threats up to the later teams. In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', after one massive battle in which every previous hero answered the call, they all lost their powers. Now that they've been found again, and are being used by the Gokaigers, some of the previous heroes (such as [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Kaoru]] and [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger the Hurricanegers]]) have tried to reclaim them, one ([[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Hyuuga]]) offered to take over one of the new heroes' powers, and others have moved on from superheroism.
** [[spoiler: At the end of the series, all the heroes get their powers back.]]
* This has happened so often to Peter Petrelli of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' that you'd think the Call is just messing with him.
* BurnNotice is centered around this trope, and Michael says as much in every episode intro. In fact, the original season makes a big deal over the fact that he could just go and try to lead a normal life, but can't bring himself to do so. And at some point, his mother asks him why he won't, and he says he honestly doesn't know. He just doesn't want to.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Alex, the main character of ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: 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 BigBad 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 ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', the player party invokes this during one of the MultipleEndings. [[spoiler: With The Hero dead, their TimeMachine destroyed, and every [[PortalNetwork 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 CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.]]
* ''SpaceQuest'': No matter what happens, Roger is inevitably busted back down to Janitor Second Class. That does not stop things like Sariens, Sequel Police, immortality-crazed old women, and Vohaul from showing up and making his life hell.
* ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'': Kyle Katarn gave up his Force abilities voluntarily, settling for just being a BadassNormal. However, when [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive he lost Jan]] to a foe against whom BadassNormal wasn't enough, he reclaimed those Force abilities and the luggage rack of issues that came with it.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'', [[spoiler:after being told he's really an amnesiac Hero (as in job class) and having his powers stripped away by the real Overlord, does the VillainProtagonist flee or return to the side of goodness? No, he fights the usurper and takes it all back, choosing to remain the NobleDemon / EvilOverlord dark lord of evil]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Ben Tennyson from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' and its sequel series, ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce 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.


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