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In the middle of a crisis, calamity, or sheer unadulterated apocalypse, something terrible happens (but not, typically, any more terrible than happens in any given episode) and TheHero completely and utterly gives up. Common lines that go with the phenomenon are "I'm too old for this," "[[OptOut I can't do it]]," or "[[BystanderSyndrome Somebody else can]]." May even be the follow-up to a HeroicBSOD, which is similar but involuntary.

After some kind of epiphany, often accompanied by a WorldOfCardboardSpeech, the character comes out of retirement and announces that they are back on the job, typically followed by the show's equivalent of a FoeTossingCharge -- anything from actual foe-tossing to kicking butt in the school spelling bee. (See also LookWhatICanDoNow, which is similar but involves a character leaving and returning much badder than before.)

It's also a common RomanticComedy trope to have one of the principal couple suddenly decide to quit working with or for the other, vowing to never come back, only to return a few scenes later.

See also: AchillesInHisTent, ConscienceMakesYouGoBack, and WeUsedToBeFriends. Opposite of PassingTheTorch, where TheHero seriously hands on the responsibility to someone else. HesBack is what happens when the character returns to action. BreakingTheFellowship is the equivalent for a whole group rather than a mere individual.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic The Second Raid'', Sousuke admits he can't focus anymore and abandons the mission, leaving Mao behind. He eventually does [[BigDamnHeroes come back to save the day]].
** Though even more interestingly, from the novel's short story "Golden Days with Captain Amigo," it's implied that Sousuke, given a choice, actually ''would'' hightail it out of Mithril and retire and go off somewhere to live where he can leisurely fish. The idea appealed to him greatly, and he was shown to get excited at the very thought of the possibility. It makes one wonder ''how'' different the series would be if he and Kurz managed to become filthy rich, and both decided to quit while they're ahead and retire.
* In the ''Mazinger'' saga:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In episode seven several mobs had expressed their displeasure at HumongousMecha stomping on their houses and them by harassing and assailing the heroes. [[TheProfessor Prof. Yumi]] had been hurt when a mob had thrown stones at him, Sayaka was so upset at her father hurt and protesters yelling at the gates of the HomeBase she was thinking of quitting, and Kouji also decided just doing it after a big fight with her. Their retirement lasted until another [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]] attacked.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': From all possible times, TheHero did this during the GrandFinale. Tetsuya had grown so jealous of Kouji, falsely believing everyone were going to replace him with Kouji and forget about him (for all his bluster, he ''has'' issues). Saying that his attitude came back to bite him was quite the understatement.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': [[TheHero Duke]] [[HumanAliens Fleed]] was doing this at the beginning of the series. He was planet Fleed's [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Crown Prince]]. After [[AlienInvasion Vegan]] [[TheEmpire Alliance]] invaded his homeworld, murdered his family [[spoiler:but his little sister]], decimated his planet's army and turned the place into a radioactive wasteland, he ran away and [[AlienAmongUs settled on Earth]], planning leading a peaceful life [[RichesToRags like a farmer]] and trying to ferget what happened. Then the Vegans Alliance found Earth, a friend of his was in danger, and he started his {{Super Robot|Genre}} and marched to the battle again.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Shinji did this twice during the series: [[spoiler:running away after the battle with the 4th Angel, and trying to quit in the aftermath of accidentally killing (in the manga)/injuring Touji (in the TV series)/Asuka (in the Rebuild movie version.)]]
* In ''{{Anime/Beyblade}}'', Kai takes a 10-Minute Retirement at the beginning of season two.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** In the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Amuro quits being a pilot for about two days after his superiors discuss forcing him to retire. Just to show them, he takes the Gundam with him and buries it in the desert until they need him again.
** Happens twice in ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX''. First, Garrod tries to ''sell'' the Gundam after he's responsible for injuring a crewmate and then TheCaptain (thanks to his inexperience in being part of an actual crew). He gets back in when his new friends are in danger. Later, Roybea quits the ''Freeden'' because they're taking sides in a war, which he disapproves of, but he ends up falling for a member of [[LaResistance the local resistance]] [[spoiler:and she's shot dead in front of him]]. He comes back in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and has to be talked down from attacking the entire Federation army.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Wufei goes through a phase in which he feels unfit to pilot his Gundam after Treize swiftly defeated him in a sword fight.
* In ''Manga/TriGun'', Vash the Stampede runs off after losing control of his {{BFG}} in the episode "Fifth Moon". Several months later (the next episode, "Goodbye For Now"), Wolfwood finds him hiding under an assumed name and talks him back into his old life.
** And then he does it again after ([[spoiler:Legato forces Vash to kill him]]) in "Sin."
*** Yet the BSOD is somewhat justified, as he's been living by his ThouShaltNotKill pledge [[spoiler:for over 100 years]]. The sudden return to action is more of a jolt, honestly.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Edward Elric is fairly broken up about what happened to Nina, but doesn't resign.
** He does have what amounts to a ten ''second'' retirement later on though. He turns in his pocket watch (the token of all state alchemists) to King Bradley, and then gives a long speech about how he won't work for the corrupt higher ups any longer or take part in their evil schemes. Bradley counters this speech by threatening his childhood friend and {{Love Interest|s}}, Winry, and Ed angrily takes the watch back and continues working.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], Ed once briefly resigned his position as a state alchemist. He went back not long afterwards, but the 10-Minute Retirement probably saved his life; he ran into Scar, a serial killer targeting state alchemists, and Scar would have killed him if Edward hadn't said he had retired.
* In ''{{Manga/Pretear}}'', Mannen announces that he is going to quit being a Leafe Knight after his actions led to the escape of the monster they were trying to kill. The problem is -- the Knights are all born to protect [[LifeEnergy Leafe]], all have different [[ElementalPowers powers]], so there are no replacements. He eventually returns, having realised that quitting is not the way to show one's "coolness". Later, [[MagicalGirl Himeno]] breaks down and runs away, after [[spoiler:she kills Shin]] -- ''she'' can be replaced as Pretear... but not as Himeno Awayuki: she changes her mind when Hayate threatens to quit as well because he doesn't want another Pretear.
** Something similar happens in the anime version, but there it's because Himeno goes through a HeroicBSOD and temporarily loses her powers when she loses confidence in herself after learning the AwfulTruth. Once again, Hayate helps her through it by telling her that it's okay if she quits as Pretear, and that whether she quits or not there is no replacement for her as a person.
* In ''Manga/MaiOtome'', after watching everything around her crumble, Arika starts to lose heart about becoming an Otome, and decides to stay in exile with the Aswad. Her mind is quickly changed when the cave she and Mashiro are hiding in decides to play a real-life version of "[[ConvectionSchmonvection The floor is lava]]".
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', [[spoiler:Lelouch goes into one of these after he learns that Nunnally, his sister, has been reinstated as a Britannian Princess and wants to settle the conflict in Area 11 diplomatically, just like Euphemia in the first season. At first, he wants to stop being the DarkMessiah and WellIntentionedExtremist Zero, since he started fighting for Nunnally's sake and wouldn't want to cause any problems for her now that she has a major political role as Area 11's viceroy. Eventually, he finds a way to [[TakeAThirdOption move the fight somewhere else]], making things easier for Nunnally without abandoning his team]].
* A musical example occurs in ''Manga/NodameCantabile'', where Nodame seems to give up totally on the piano after [[spoiler:she messes up the piano competition]].
* In ''Manga/SlamDunk'' Hanamichi quits the team after the captain insists he practice the basics first, but ashamed after being called a "gutless coward" by the captain, comes back soon afterward. This example is different from most others in which it happens at the very start of the series (the end of the first manga volume), instead of around the climax.
* In ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda: Link's Awakening'', after Link discovers that [[spoiler:the island and its inhabitants are part of the Wind Fish's dream]] he abandons his quest, not wanting to [[spoiler:cause a DreamApocalypse]], and instead tries to leave the island with Marin on a raft. The epiphanies come when [[spoiler:they find they can't get away, Marin tells him that she wanted to leave because of a recurring dream of hers, and "''you have to wake up from dreams''". Later he speaks to the owl who tells him that the island won't really be destroyed, but will continue to live in his memory- Link's island won't be completed until the Wind Fish's island is gone.]] This finally gets Link back on track.
* Niche of ''Manga/TegamiBachi'' temporarily steps down as Lag's "dingo" partner after feeling as though she failed him for drinking the "honey water" and becoming temporarily paralyzed and not of any use to him. She comes back to help him save a man from falling from a tightrope.
* ''Manga/PsychoBusters'' had Xiao Long quit fighting with the other psychics when the others decide to strengthen themselves so they can defeat [[BigBad The]] [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Greenhouse]] and free the other psychics trapped inside because he hated his powers and wanted to get rid of them. [[spoiler:Seeing as that because of his powers, his family fell apart and resulted in the death of his parents, it's pretty understandable.]] By the end of volume 3, he's back and ready to fight, deciding that he'll find a way to get rid of his powers ''after'' they stop The Greenhouse.
* ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' had Sumire temporarily quit the team, saying that none of her teammates understood what it was like to go into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Beserker Mode]]. Unfortunately, viruses (demons) are attracted to those who can see them...
* ''Manga/HyperPolice'': Natsuki has one of these after tragedy happens while on a hunt.
* In ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'', Souichi Negishi tries to quit being Demon King Johannes Krauser II, only to be disgusted with his replacement and [[spoiler:come back and abuse him on stage.]]
* [[GentleGiant Kurita]] has one of these in ''{{Manga/Eyeshield 21}}'' when [[BloodKnight Gaou]] breaks [[SociopathicHero Hiruma's]] arm in the middle of a game. It's only the possibility that Gaou will do worse to Komusubi and fill-in quarterback Sena that brings Kurita around.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', Sheryl Nome takes one after various plot points leaves her confidence shot, [[spoiler:most notably the one that says YourDaysAreNumbered, which had a large effect on all of her actions for the rest of the series]]. She announces to Alto that she's going to quit being an IdolSinger and do something else. Alto practically chews her out on it, implying it effectively the same as saying she quits being herself, because she loves singing. The next episode (chronologically later the same day), an attack leaves her in a bomb shelter filled with people who have been rushed into these shelters constantly since the beginning of the series, and having ''just'' been celebrating their escape from it, the ''worst'' attack happens. The DespairEventHorizon looms ominously... and then [[MusicForCourage Sheryl sings]].
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', this happens to Hayato Kazami a lot, especially after the first race in the TV series, [[HesBack but then he came back]] after he met a former racer and he learned some more racing skills (from Bleed Kaga).
** In the second OVA sequel, ''ZERO'', Hayato interacts with the titular Zero Zone and ends up crashing horribly with his rival Randoll. Both are then absent for the rest of the racing season since they are hospitalized. Bonus point for Hayato, since he also suffers a HeroicBSOD.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Happens to Mimi Tachikawa after [[spoiler:the death of Whamon]]. She declares she's had enough of fighting due to the number of friends she's lost. Fortunately she recovers in the next episode and even [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]] when she stares down three Garbagemon without flinching.
* Leona Ozaki spends most of episode 2 of ''[[Anime/DominionTankPolice New Dominion Tank Police]]'' officially off the police rolls. She's bent on figuring out who killed her once-partner Channon Ishihara, so she requests a leave of absence. The Chief instead makes it look like she'd been sacked. Turns out [[spoiler:they ''wanted'' her as a loose cannon so she could get a needed lead to crack the case; others of the Tank Police keep tabs on her during her search and help bail her out of trouble towards the end]].
* Parodied (like everything else) in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''. After Panty [[spoiler:[[DePower loses her powers]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext after re-growing her hymen]]]], Garterbelt banishes her from the church. A TimeSkip shows that she's become a farm-hand. When the farm is beset by bandits, the dying landlady's {{Rousing|Speech}} FinalSpeech rekindles Panty's resolve. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny This entire arc doesn't even take five minutes]] [[spoiler:and was all [[GambitRoulette a setup]] by [[GuileHero Garterbelt]] to get Panty back on track]].
* [[spoiler:Both Kotetsu and Barnaby]] retire from the hero business at the end of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''... only to come back less than a year later.
-->'''[[spoiler:Kotetsu]]:''' I thought you retired.
-->'''[[spoiler:Barnaby]]:''' I should be asking you the same thing.
* In ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', Father Abel Nightroad temporarily resigns from the AX ([[ChurchMilitant Vatican foreign affairs special agent]]) after failing to stop Isaac von Kampfer, who dropped a building on his partner Sister Noelle and destroyed half of Barcelona. Leads to an interesting situation in the light novels: Abel insults Archbishop d'Este by implicitly accusing him of terrorism, but since Abel technically no longer works for AX, his boss Caterina has the opportunity to stay clear of the whole mess. (She still stands up for him.)
* Rika Nonaka has this case in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' where she quits on being a Tamer after being captured by [=IceDevimon=].
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has this in the manga only when all the bronze Saints quit after finding out who their father is and how many siblings they really have. It ended the moment Saori gets kidnapped.
* At one point in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' Minako ([[CharacterDevelopment well before she developed her]] [[MarriedToTheJob unshakeable sense of duty]]) actually decided to quit. ''Less than ten minutes later'' a youma attack on herself (and Ace saving her life) made her change her mind, though she'll still consider retiring until [[WhamEpisode the final chapter]].
* In ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' Ririka goes into a HeroicBSOD and temporarily quits being a MagicalGirl after [[spoiler:her crush Kanou's]] death.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' did this in a classic storyline during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, and since then it's become a [[NeverLiveItDown standard part of his repertoire]]. It's {{Lampshaded}} in ''Amazing Comicbook/SpiderGirl'' #1, where he comments that he's quit "more times than I can count."
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Post-Crisis]] Supergirl did quit several times when her super-hero life got too hard or she deemed herself to be a failure (after the destruction of ''Comicbook/NewKrypton''). She always returned to action when someone else was in danger, though.
** In the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc, Kara gave up being Supergirl when she became a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] and resumed her former identity after [[spoiler:removing her power ring]].
* After becoming disenchanted with the US government as a result of events in the ''Secret Empire'' arc, Steve Rogers abandoned the mantle of Comicbook/CaptainAmerica and began freelancing under the name Nomad. He resumed his former position after eight issues (nine including the one where he quits). This trope was {{subverted|Trope}} by the statement "You thought this would be over after 3 issues, didn't you?"
** Later, he had the mantle taken away by the government, and temporarily became "The Captain."
** In the mid-90s, Steve Rogers again had his Captain America mantle taken away from him after the government believed that he had supposedly [[FaceHeelTurn betrayed his country]] by [[MetaphoricallyTrue aligning with the]] Comicbook/RedSkull. As such, he operated in a simplistic red-and-blue outfit and had to use an energy shield rather than his traditional red-white-and-blues.
** In the UltimateUniverse following the death of Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan, Steve Rogers quits being Captain America after realizing he let Peter Parker die and getting a massive WhatTheHellHero from Aunt May. He does end up coming back in style, though.
** Another ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' example: Miles quits being Spider-Man after [[spoiler:his mother is accidentally killed during his battle with Comicbook/{{Venom}}]], but returns to action after a one year TimeSkip. In real life however, the series still continued without any such hiatus.
** As a ShoutOut of sorts to the original ''Secret Empire'' storyline, the ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire'' CrisisCrossover kicks off after [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Sam Wilson]] gives up the mantle of Captain America due to being crapped on by the public and everything he tries to do working against him. The other heroes, especially his love interest Misty Knight, give him hell for this decision due to it leading Steve Rogers, now revealed to be working with ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}, to take over the United States. It isn't until Rayshawn Lucas, the new Patriot, reads him the riot act by calling his act selfish that Sam retakes the mantle once more.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'':
** In the ''Demon in a Bottle'' storyline, Tony Stark's encounter with Justin Hammer has left him shaken to the point where he considers giving up being Tony Stark and just be Iron Man full-time. But when [[NiceJobBreakingItHero a train rescue operation goes awry thanks to his "intervention"]], he decides he can't do anything right and is poised to drink himself into oblivion, before his friends intervene and convince him that he doesn't have to go through his problems alone, starting him on the path to sobriety.
** In the same storyline, as the result of a drunken Tony snapping at him, and his not liking the direction things have been going of late, Edwin Jarvis opts to resign his position as Tony's butler. Right afterward, Jarvis finds out his mother needs medical care, and to pay for it, he hocks his two shares of Stark International stock - right at a time when SHIELD is buying up every piece of stock in order to force Stark to start building weapons for them again. Tony convinces Jarvis to come back and then tries to get the stock back from the loan shark, only to find out that SHIELD already bought it[[note]]The shark defends the sale by stating that the loan terms indicated that Jarvis had to maintain his employment, and [[LoopholeAbuse since he technically wasn't employed]]...[[/note]]. This actually leads to a rather epic Ten Minute Retirement for ''most of the entire company'', due to the loyalty Stark had fostered, leaving Nick Fury with a useless asset. The two men come to terms, returning control of the company back to Stark.
** Obadiah Stane's machinations succeed in driving Stark back into the bottle, forcing him to give up the Iron Man armor to [[ComicBook/WarMachine Jim Rhodes]]. Even after Tony recovers, and experiments with a prototype suit that he even occasionally uses in an emergency, he refuses to resume the role of Iron Man full-time until Rhodey is injured in an explosion caused by Stane that kills another of Stark's friends. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge in the brand-new Silver Centurion suit.
** In the wake of the lines crossed in the ''Armor Wars'' storyline, and with Iron Man believed dead, Stark decided to leave him that way. Then Edwin Cord started using Firepower to attack Stark Enterprises directly, and his employees get hurt. Cue another RoaringRampageOfRevenge, this time in the brand-new Neo-Classic Armor, as the "all new" Iron Man. Even then, Stark planned to destroy his new armor after stopping Firepower, until its operator [[NiceJobFixingItVillain reminded him that there would be other threats]].
** After Stark was shot and paralyzed by [[StalkerWithACrush Kathy Dare]], he considered retreating from public life, turning control of SE to Marcy Pearson and focusing on being Iron Man full-time (since the suit restored his mobility). Then at the preliminary hearing for Dare's trial, where his former lawyer tries to paint her (falsely) as a victim of his abuse, a parade of character witnesses that includes friends, current and former employees, and even a rival from Roxxon, all attest to Stark's character, convincing him that he does still have value outside of his armor, and he rescinds his plans to retire from SE, much to Marcy's chagrin.
* The final issue of ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'' ends with Comicbook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} quitting the team to spend more time with his family. He returns to action a few months later during ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'', where he becomes the leader of the Comicbook/MightyAvengers.
* In a prequel story to the Comicbook/AgeOfApocalypse, Colossus just sat down in the middle of a fight and decided IWillFightNoMoreForever. The other X-Men convinced him that, if he doesn't want to fight directly, he should train the younger mutants.
* In ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'', Taranee quits the team early on as a culmination of a rebellious streak. The reason? She found out that the Heart of Kandrakar was fixing all of the girl's flaws, including Taranee's eyesight and she found that too invasive.
* In BOOM Studio's ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' continuation, we find out that Drake Mallard had retired as the titular hero due to [[spoiler:Negaduck discovering Darkwing's SecretIdentity thanks to Launchpad's choice of laundromats and when Negaduck attacked, Darkwing got so spooked at Gosalyn being caught in the middle, he opted to quit.]] When Gosalyn learned that was the reason Darkwing retired and he and Launchpad weren't on good terms [[WhatTheHellHero she let them have it.]]
* In classic ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story ''Robot Wars'' there's an interesting case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness where Judge Dredd quits his job as a Judge in protest against his superiors' refusal to pass stricter anti-robot laws to deal with the threat of a robot uprising. After a while a robot war does break out, in case the title ''Robot Wars'' didn't clue you in. When that happens, Judge Dredd comes back to help the city, since he can't stand by and see it go under. In any modern story he wouldn't be able to return just like that, since he'd be banished from the city in "the long walk".
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' #18 (DC, Oct. 2001): "The Trouble With Bubbles" has Bubbles running away from home after Townsville and her sisters berate her for missing her cue in a battle routine against the story's monster. Bubbles returns home for her prized toy Octi and sees on TV the resuscitated monster handing Blossom and Buttercup their collective butts. Suddenly feeling needed (everyone says without Bubbles to help, all is lost), our blue-eyed little heroine flies in to best the beast.
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}} suffered this in the lead up to ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. After being controlled by ComicBook/LexLuthor and tearing apart both ''[[Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'' and the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', Conner opts to leave the Titans, afraid that he can't trust himself anymore. It takes Superboy-Prime coming to his front door and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating the everliving stuffing out of him, Krypto and three other super teams]] for Conner to get his head on straight and save the ''multiverse''.
* Both ComicBook/{{Son|icTheComic}}[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog ics]] of the comics have quit the Freedom Fighters of said comic and rejoined an issue later. ''Comicbook/SonicTheComic'' Sonic quit because of [[spoiler:Johnny's death]].
* Clive, an old Navy dog from ''ComicBook/WildsEnd'' is settling into retirement in a quiet town before an alien invasion forces him to lead a group of survivors.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} ended up leaving the ComicBook/XMen following the events of "Fatal Attractions" due to the fact that his healing factor was out of whack and he felt that, without his adamantium, he was useless. He still gets into scraps, but it isn't until he aids Cable, Cyclops and Jean Grey in rescuing the X-Men from the Phalanx that he takes the idea of returning to the X-Men a little more seriously.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/TheAssassinationOfTwilightSparkle'', Celestia throws down her crown and declares it's somepony else's problem in her grief. Luna [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan slaps her on the cheek]] and gives a blunt WhatTheHellHero speech that snaps her out of it.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': In Part 2 Asuka was put through the wringer: [[spoiler:her war plane crashed during a flight test, her best friend died and she blamed herself for her death and the failure of the mission, spent several months in coma, abused Shinji, crashed another war plane making nearly everyone thinking that she was now an useless, unrealiable burn-out, attempted to commit suicide...]] In chapter 13 she is so sick of everything that she runs away because she thinks she is a miserable failure that has made huge messes, is good only for hurting people and is standing in the everyone's path and holding the project back, and she wants to find a place where nobody knows her and nobody cares about her.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Unusual example because Shinji did not quit because he was bitter but because he was hopeful. When NERV developed the dummy plug system Shinji thought they did not need him anymore. So that he decided to leave in order to start a new life. When he was ready to leave, though, Zeruel came along and proved the dummy plugs were useless, so that Shinji returned hurriedly to kiss its butt.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', in episode 11 [[spoiler:Rock quits being Mega Man]] for about 1 chapter. It's played very well, and he himself notes that he may have been hasty.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10340937/25/The-Return-Remixed The Return-Remixed]]'', Wrestling/KellyKelly takes one after the Diva Army's DrillSergeantNasty, Wrestling/{{Jazz}}, gives her a hands-on lesson as to why one shouldn't do the Stinkface during a match. In her absence, Wrestling/EveTorres took her place in a match against DEAR and wound up taking three triple power-bombs on the concrete floor. Kelly felt responsible for what happened to her, returned to the Diva Army and TookALevelInBadass.
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'': After hearing that [[spoiler:Unit-02 had reawakened]] Misato quit her job in Nerv. She returned the next day after finding out that [[spoiler:Gendo had returned from the Red Sea.]]
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': After being mind-raped by an EldritchAbomination, Asuka quit super-heroing because she had convinced herself that she was an unworthy, stupid child playing hero. [[spoiler:However she became ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' again to save Rei from an alien monster]].


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Flint has one of these in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', after [[spoiler:the FLDSMDFR's satellite dish is broken, and the world is about to be destroyed by a giant food. Flint literally throws himself away, but when his dad brings him his labcoat (and makes it clear he believes in him), he is back in the game!]]
* The Wolf in ''WesternAnimation/HoodwinkedTooHoodVersusEvil'' gets upset when he thinks Red Riding Hood doesn’t need him as a partner anymore. He retires from HEA to [[AchillesInHisTent sulk in his trailer]] then [[spoiler:returns just in time to rescue Red]].
* Judy in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' gets hit with several MyGodWhatHaveIDone moments after her comments at the press conference [[spoiler:inflame predator/prey tension and Nick breaks his friendship with her because of it. This leads to her to quit the police force and return home until she has a EurekaMoment about the cause of predators going savage and returns to Zootopia to make things right]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/Cars3'', Lightning goes through one for four months after losing his championship title because of a near fatal crash. He spends most the time in Doc's old garage watching his mentor's crash and thinking that the same is going to happen to him. Thankfully, Sally reminds him that he still has a chance and that he can try something new to give him an edge to beat Jackson Storm.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Only put in ''{{Film/Airplane}}'' because the producers requested it. The Zuckers turned it into a good UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan joke.
* In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', Rico tries to quit after he is demoted (due to getting a fellow trainee killed because of his desire to win), but just as he is walking out of the base, [[spoiler:the bugs ColonyDrop his hometown]] and he promptly forces his way back into the Infantry.
* Peter Parker in ''Film/SpiderMan2'' gave up being a super hero after going through a series of unfortunate events in the beginning of the film. He realises [[HeroismWontPayTheBills it doesn't pay to save the day]] and will only continue to ruin his daily life. Soon he realises the people needed Spider-Man and gets back to it.
* Bruce Wayne (Creator/ValKilmer), at some point in ''Film/BatmanForever'', decides to give up crimefighting and settle with Chase Meridian (Creator/NicoleKidman) (somewhat odd, since Meridian clearly seemed to be quite attracted to both Wayne and Batman). He says "Batman is no more," a line that serves as an unofficial tagline for the film. Batman returns when Two-Face and the Riddler find out about his secret identity and then attack Wayne manor and kidnap Chase, and remembered [[DarkAndTroubledPast why he became Batman in the first place]].
* Implied with the end of ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* Peter near the end of ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''. He's back following an enlightening celebrity cameo.
* Robot designer Tak Mashido in ''Film/RealSteel'' went into retirement after his robot Noisy Boy, the top contender of his time, lost to the current world champion. Two years later, he was hired by the Lemkovas --- the same people who he lost to --- to design a new robot for them, the result being the film's current champion, Zeus.
* Gary in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''. He's back on track after a [[TrainingMontage montage]].
* Dylan in ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'' when she worries about endangering her friends. [[RemakeCameo Jaclyn Smith]] provides the pep talk.
* In ''Film/SheWoreAYellowRibbon'' Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) has to leave the cavalry because he has reached the age of retirement, but at the end of the film the government returns him to service as a (nominally civilian) scout.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'':
** [[spoiler:Kirk]] gets demoted to First Officer of the ''Enterprise'' under Pike for violating the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] at the start of the film, only to regain his command a few scenes later when [[spoiler:Pike is killed]] and [[spoiler:Marcus decides to use Kirk as an UnwittingPawn]].
** [[spoiler:Scotty]] resigns from the ''Enterprise'' near the beginning of the film thanks to [[spoiler:Kirk's]] sudden bout of obstruction regarding the special torpedoes. He shows up again halfway through the film, and is instrumental in [[spoiler:sabotaging the ''Vengeance'']].
* In ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'', after Eddie Felson has his HeroicBSOD and breaks up with Vincent and Carmen, he snaps out of his funk and begins rebuilding his pool-playing skills.
* In ''Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai'', it was revealed via {{Retcon}} that Takumi Irui, Series/KamenRiderFaiz, went into this after [[spoiler:Masato Kusaka, Kamen Rider Kaixa, is killed]], suffering a HeroicBSOD that takes ten years and a talking to by Keisuke Jin, Series/KamenRiderX, to snap him out of.
* ''Film/{{Calvary}}'': After a parishioner threatens to kill him next Sunday, his church gets set and fire and it becomes clear that no one in town cares about their Catholicism anymore, Father James quits the priesthood and is about ready to board a plane for London when he spots the coffin of a man he'd performed last rites for. He changes his mind and returns to face the murderous parishioner.
* ''Film/{{ROTOR}}'': Coldyron retires from his job after an argument with Buglar. He rejoins the force shortly after when R.O.T.O.R. goes berserk.
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark]] has one due to a HeroicBSOD brought about by [[spoiler:Comicbook/LexLuthor's bombing of the Capitol Building, which Clark was present for but unable to prevent]]. Also, [[Comicbook/WonderWoman Diana]] is introduced the middle of one - having been active [[Film/WonderWoman2017 during World War I]], by the time of the movie she's abandoned her heroic identity. [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Bruce]] reaching out in friendship (and recovering a photo of her during WWI that she'd lost) helps remind her of who she once was, and when [[spoiler:Comicbook/LexLuthor unleashes Doomsday onto Metropolis]], she becomes Wonder Woman once more to help Superman and Batman.
* The events of ''Film/{{Captain America Civil War}}'' brings Iron Man and Hawkeye out of retirement to help The Avengers.

* ''[[Literature/TheQueensThief The Queen of Attolia]]'': After getting caught and [[spoiler:having his right hand chopped off]], Eugenides spends a large portion of the book angsting before returning as an even more badass thief.
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] has tried to retire several times in the ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'' novels (once in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', again in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', and maybe others). It doesn't stick.
** [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is ''forced'' to retire in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', but this also doesn't stick.
** Vimes in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', after he's told to [[TurnInYourBadge turn in his badge]] one too many times. Ironically, he was supposed to be retiring ''anyway'', and it ''still'' didn't stick.
** Lord Vetinari has himself been subjected to the occasional ten minute retirement, usually by being arrested. Vetinari never fights these, since he ''knows'' [[VetinariJobSecurity they'll never stick]]. None have to date, and he's usually welcomed back with at least tacit relief.
** Sergeant Jack Jackrum in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', and he circumvents the 'retirement' part in the most hilarious way imaginable.
** In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', after spending an extended period of time stranded on an island with the rest of the Unseen University facility, Ponder Stibbons decides he's had enough of their InsaneTrollLogic and stubborn-old-man foolishness. He decides to stay on the island with the God of Evolution who runs the island and hopefully make the universe a more organized place. Ponder quickly rethinks this when the "big project" the God is working on turns out to be [[spoiler:the cockroach.]]
* Jake, briefly, toward the end of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', although it might make just as much sense to put it under Heroic BSOD.
** Marco in book 5, and Cassie in book 19, also qualify.
* Agent Lucsly in ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations: Watching the Clock''. His faith that the DTI will protect the timeline's integrity is shattered when, on advice from a future agency, he is refused permission to prosecute Janeway for her actions in ''Endgame''. He announces his retirement on the spot, but after a short period of [[DrowningMySorrows drinking and despairing]], his partner Dulmur pulls him out of it and talks him into returning.
* Jared Black from Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Court of the Air'' series wishes to settle down and give up adventuring for retirement; though as fate would have it, he keeps getting dragged along in every adventure the protagonists have, and he is not happy about it.
* D'Artagnan in ''The Vicomte de Bragelonne'' (sequel to {{Literature/The Three Musketeers}}), twice. The first time to help reinstate Charles II of England, the second time because King Louis XIV has imprisoned Athos in the Bastille.
* In ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', the eponymous protagonist tries to escape the whole conflict by [[spoiler:trapping himself with Saint Dane on Ibara]]. It doesn't work.
* The heroine of ''Literature/TheDragonslayingMaiden'', [[GiantWoman Dana,]] is [[ActionGirl a member]] of a [[HiredGuns mercenary]] [[SuperTeam band]] [[Myth/NorseMythology in the Scandinavia of myth and legend.]] However, [[FaceHeelTurn her teammates accept an]] [[TheCorrupter evil queen's]] offer of employment in her legions of trolls and Dana is the only holdout. In response, [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten the queen commands them to attack her as a test of loyalty.]] [[InTheBack They do.]] [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat She survives]] by the skin of her teeth, but the experience is so traumatic that she finds a remote location in the woods, curls up, [[HeroicBSOD and wishes for death for a few months]] while her old friends and their new master start to TakeOverTheWorld. [[spoiler:While trying to sleep, she overhears cries for help and, both out of altruism and a desire for the noise to go away, intervenes. It turns out that the one calling for help is Desire, one of [[TopGod Odin’s]] [[NonHumanSidekick two ravens,]] who'd been snared by [[TheFairFolk dark elves.]] Odin decides to repay the favor by restoring Dana's strength with enchanted food and drink, and then telling her of a village nearby being oppressed by a dragon, knowing that [[ConscienceMakesYouGoBack she can't ignore her conscience and let the innocent die.]] It works: she goes back into action, slays the dragon, and integrates into the thankful community. This gives her a new purpose in life, and sets into motion events that will see her eventually confront her old comrades and defeat the evil queen's machinations.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': After the Earth Alliance Civil War is over, Sheridan faces an uncertain future. Kept waiting for several hours in a conference room, Acting President Luchenko gives him two options: either he could resign in addition to being granted amnesty, or be court-martialed. Although his coup was successful, he had undermined the authority of the government; seeing that his time in the military is up, he agrees to resign. [[spoiler:At the same time, the League of Non-Aligned Worlds is dissolved and the members agree to the formation and chartering of the Interstellar Alliance. And their new President?]]
-->'''General''': [bursts in] '''''[[YouExclamation YOU!!]]'''''\\
'''Sheridan''': Funny thing about retiring, you no sooner pick out the places you want to go on vacation than someone comes at you with another job offer.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': The fourth-season episode "Goodbye Alice, Hello" sees Alice take a brief retirement when the kids (unfairly) claim she's breached their trust over a series of minor incidents. Carol sets them straight after Alice leaves and a sterile housekeeper takes over. It is up to the kids to convince Alice they've made the mistake and they're sorry.
* ''Series/MacGyver'' had Pete and Mac briefly retire several times each. Each of them reached their {{Whoopi Epiphany|Speech}} in one case only after subjecting the viewer to a ClipShow.
* Richard Gilmore (''Series/GilmoreGirls'') took several episodes to reach his {{Whoopi Epiphany|Speech}} and go back into business.
* Likewise, Mr. Feeney (''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'') actually retired and moved away for several episodes. His {{Whoopi Epiphany|Speech}} was a DoubleAesop when he convinced Corey to face the changes in his life rather than hide away from the world. He returned not as a teacher but as a college student, only to have ''another'' {{Whoopi Epiphany|Speech}} causing him to return to teaching (as a college professor, as which he was somehow qualified).
* ''Series/TwentyFour''; Jack Bauer quits CTU after [[spoiler:having to kill Curtis]] -- ten ''seconds'' later, [[spoiler:a nuclear bomb goes off just a couple of miles away]] and he's back on the job.
* Eric Camden retires as minister for less than a season of ''Series/SeventhHeaven''.
* Buffy of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' hangs up her stake when she overhears the prophecy that she is about to be killed. A year later, after being forced to [[spoiler:send her lover to hell]], she almost succeeds in retiring for an entire episode. Granted, it was three months in-universe time.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** General Hammond leaves the SGC in one episode, presenting an exceptionally lame excuse about "sending people into danger." When Jack goes to confront him about it, he reveals that he didn't want to retire but someone threatened his grandchildren; finding out the origin of the threat means he can come back to work. A ''{{justified|Trope}}'' Ten-Minute Retirement!
** About ten minutes into the episode 3x18 "Shades of Grey," O'Neill is discharged for stealing a weapons scanner from the Tollans, then takes a job with NID to steal tech full-time. Of course, [[spoiler:it was all a ploy to help find those who were really guilty, and]] he is back at work by the end of the show.
** In the Episode "2010", everything seems to be perfect on Earth until the former SG-1 team discovers the threat from the Aschen. O'Neill has already retired and refuses to help because he "told you so!" He changes his mind in time to save the mission.
** In fact, Jack retires several times, on and off screen. (He was retired before the original movie started.)
--> '''Jack O'Neill''': I thought I told you I retired.
--> '''General Hammond''': Oh, I thought you said you were tired.
--> '''Jack O'Neill''': Actually, I am kinda tired...
** Daniel Jackson quits the SGC in "Forever in a Day" after his wife Sha're (host to Apophis' queen) is killed by Teal'c. [[spoiler:However, everything in the episode ''except'' Sha're's death was [[AllJustADream a dream sequence]].]]
** In "Window of Opportunity" Jack retires so he can kiss Carter. 15 Seconds before the next day of the GroundhogDayLoop begins.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harm had his vision impairment fixed and went back to flying Tomcats for a short while, before his new commanding officer convinced him that he was too old to be competitive as an aviator against all the younger pilots, despite his skill, and that he would do the most good as a judge advocate.
** Mac also briefly quit to work for a civilian law firm in season 3.
** Harm worked for the {{CIA}} at the start of season 9.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** In the episode "What Is and What Should Never Be", Dean wants so badly to stay in his Wish!Verse, even after he realises that Alt!Sam can't stand him. But the call knows where he lives and after a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]] scene at his father's grave, he's back in as the TragicHero.
** In another episode Dean and Sam split up and Sam takes a job as a bartender. Some other hunters find him and try to talk him into helping on their current job, but he says he's retired, to get his head together. One of the other hunters says, "What is so important that you can't come back to prevent '''the apocalypse'''!?". They then proceed to force-feed him demon blood (of which Sam was staying clean) in a misguided attempt at getting him to fight demons. What actually ends his 'retirement' is the revelation that he is Lucifer's chosen vessel.
** In ''Yellow Fever'', Dean contracts a ghost sickness that makes him terrified of everything and decides to stop hunting life. Of course, in the end, he's cured.
** Castiel has done this a couple of times, too. In season seven he says that he doesn't want to fight anymore and refuses to engage in any active combat for several episodes because [[spoiler:he's distraught over how many deaths he caused at the start of the season and is insane from taking Sam's Hell-pain.]] Finally Dean is attacked in front of him and he gets involved ''[[{{Protectorate}} fast]]''. In season nine, after he [[spoiler:becomes human]], he helps Dean out on a case but doesn't want to get involved in any major action because [[spoiler:being human leaves him much more vulnerable and very unsure of himself]]. He ends up killing the MonsterOfTheWeek, and the next episode he shows up in, he's investigating a case on his own.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Father's Day," the Doctor calls Rose a "stupid ape" and leaves her behind after she [[spoiler:rescued her father, Pete Tyler, from his pre-ordained death.]] He returns a few minutes later when the consequences of her actions prove more complicated than originally expected, and [[spoiler:makes a HeroicSacrifice that inspires Pete to do the same, thus [[ResetButton repairing the timeline]]]].
** The end of series 6 has the Doctor attempting this again, in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime Closing Time]], he claims he's done protecting the world, and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial certainly isn't noticing the strange things going on]]...
** And AGAIN midway through Season 7. Poor Doctor.
* Mr G on ''Series/SummerHeightsHigh'' quits his job in the penultimate episode, only to announce (during the school's annual musical, no less) that he's coming back to teach in the finale.
* Early in the third season of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', Aaron Hotchner and Emily Prentiss both retire for about ten minutes. Luckily, Garcia gets Hotch's transfer request and Prentiss's resignation stuck in the system long enough for them to get drawn back into the BAU's most recent case. [[spoiler:Gideon's retirement in the same episode is more permanent, however.]]
* Helena/Huntress does this in the last episode of ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''--and it was pretty damn annoying, considering they were in the middle of a city-wide crisis. Her boyfriend convinces her to stop [[DrowningMySorrows downing shots]] and confront the BigBad.
* Wataru, the titular ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', begins the series as a {{Hikikomori}}, but gets some CharacterDevelopment and improves. However, late in the series when everything starts going badly for him (culminating in an attempt to kill a friend while under MindControl), he shuts himself in worse than before, refusing to fight as Kiva and even locking his living {{Transformation Trinket}}s in a birdcage. Only after a dream-vision of his mother does he snap out of it.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
** Hercules does this in the pilot episode; given that the impetus was the murder of his wife and young children, it's hard to blame him. It takes his {{sidekick}} getting [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] to snap him out of it.
** A humorous version occurred at the end of the series where, after saving the world once again, Herc decides to retire. He and Iolaus sit down and rest for about half a minute before they realize it's just not for them and go back to WalkingTheEarth.
** {{Series/Xena|WarriorPrincess}} follows suit in the pilot of her series, briefly burying her armor and weapons before rising to rescue captive villagers.
* In an episode of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'', Gaius, Merlin's old mentor and the court physician, is fired by the arrogant King Uther and replaced by a new and "better" [[TheMedic specialist]] who, obviously turns out to be the villain of said episode. Later Gaius comes back because StatusQuoIsGod.
* In ''Series/MyHero'', George resigns from his superhero duties protecting the Earth after new rules make him so stressed he almost causes the death of his friends by missile. He is replaced by Localman, who is soon replaced by Tempman, who is replaced by Work Experience Boy. When Janet is trapped in the burning Health Centre, Work Experience Boy's attempt to save her goes tits up when he accidentally flies into a bush, but George triumphantly returns as Thermoman and saves her.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Colonel Casey is fired and stays a civilian for about four episodes (still popping up during his civilian life from time to time to help), and then he barters his way back on to the team with an important prisoner.
* At the end of the third season of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Leroy Jethro Gibbs retires ([[spoiler:after his warnings were ignored, leading to a fatal terrorist attack on a ship]]). He's back in the very first episode of the next season, but only permanently returns in the third.
* Not surprisingly, Michael Bluth from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' occasionally becomes fed up with his family and quits. This is most obvious in the season one finale when he intends to move to Arizona with his son. In the season two premiere, he comes back almost immediately. He doesn't even cross state borders.
** He makes it to the Phoenix airport in the Netflix season.
* Ned from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' intends to completely quit waking up dead things in one episode. Emerson and Chuck attempt to solve a murder mystery the old fashioned way, finding their lack of being able to talk to the victims quite a handicap. At the end of the episode Ned changes his mind, wakes up the victims, and solves the crime in a matter of seconds.
* [[spoiler:Myka]] from ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' leaves at the end of Season 2 [[spoiler:only to rejoin the Warehouse in the Season 3 premiere.]]
** It's still months versetime.
* Peter on ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' quits the team after [[spoiler:finding out that he is really from the other universe. After a quick trip "over there"]] he is back to solving Fringe cases.
* Mac Taylor briefly retires from the crimelab in the end of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' season 7, wanting to work on a project identifying the remains of 9/11 victims. He's back in the first ep of season 8, but only back as team leader an ep or so later.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': [[BenevolentBoss James]] [[JerkassFacade Lester]] is forced into one of these in season three after ObstructiveBureaucrat Christine Johnson takes over the [=ARC=]. He's back at the end of the episode thanks to his team's loyalty, a little bit of BatmanGambit, and Christine's inability to keep her mouth shut. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And he gets a standing ovation from his staff.]]
* In the Season 4 finale of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', when Captain Gates puts Beckett and Esposito on administrative leave and has them [[TurnInYourBadge turn in their badges]], Beckett tells the Captain, "Keep it. I resign." This stems from her realization of how her obsession with her mother's murder was destroying her life and keeping her from having the relationship she wanted with Castle. She still has to serve her suspension but she's back on the job in Season 5, episode 2.
* ''Series/DocMartin'': Martin's replacement at the end of season 4 is so stunningly incompetent he feels he has to take over again.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'': Nina quits Sibuna in one episode, due to a HeroicBSOD she had for accidentally poisoning Alfie. She returned at the beginning of the very next episode.
* A variation involving a "4-minute exile". At the end of the "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow]]" episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the titular character [[spoiler:shoots a powerful blackmailer in the head to protect John's wife]] and is forced by his brother to leave Britain for a critical mission in Eastern Europe, which he previously estimated had a survival period of about 6 months. Sherlock says his goodbyes, gets on a private jet and takes off. Four minutes later, Mycroft calls him on the plane and asks if he learned his lesson. The plane turns around and lands. Why? Because [[spoiler:Moriarty may be alive and well, having appeared on every television in London]].
* In the third season of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Reese quits Team Machine after one of the others died. As he's leaving the country, the Machine reroutes him onto a flight where his skills are needed; after saving the flight, he decides to come back.
* The Season 4 finale of ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has Grover forced off SWAT and into early retirement after the hijinks he pulls when his daughter is kidnapped. The team comes to find him on the golf course so that Steve can immediately re-hire him as a Five-0 officer.
* Averted with Patrick Jane on ''Series/TheMentalist''. When he goes off-work, you know he's serious because there have been at least three separate times where he's done it for a significant period of time, even once for over a year.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. After one case ends badly, [=McCall=] decides to give up his WeHelpTheHelpless gig. Then a sobbing woman is heard begging for help on his answering machine. The episode ends on [=McCall=] reluctantly picking up the phone to offer his services.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
This trope is almost cliché in ProfessionalWrestling. Very few wrestlers have successfully retired for good and even most of the ones who have will still stick around as commentators, referrees, bookers, trainers or ambassadors.
* One of the standard GimmickMatches is the "Retirement Match," where the loser has to retire from wrestling. {{Lampshaded}} by Wrestling/MickFoley in the run-up to a Retirement Match he had coming up - "Most wrestlers who lose retirement matches return six weeks later. I'm not going to do that." Foley lost the match (to Wrestling/TripleH), but was then invited back for a match at Wrestling/WrestleMania. When he came back, he {{Lampshaded}} again: "I said I wouldn't come back in six weeks, and I told the truth. I came back in four." Though the Wrestling/WrestleMania match was his last one for a good long while. He waited four years before he got back in the ring and even then, only semi-regularly.
* In reality, this trope has been beaten to death in the wrestling business. Wrestling/TerryFunk, for example, has retired [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale many]] times. It's gotten to the point where nobody believes any wrestler is truly retired.
* A similar angle is when a wrestler is "fired" only for them to come back in no time at all, usually never even leaving TV. Cases include Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin after ''Judgment Day 1998'', Wrestling/MickFoley at the start of the [=McMahon=]-Helmsley Era, and Wrestling/JohnCena after refereeing the Wrestling/RandyOrton/Wrestling/WadeBarrett match at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2010''. When a wrestler gets fired for real, it's not going to happen on TV.
* Canadian Wrestling/{{ECW}} wrestler Wrestling/LanceStorm has had several retirement matches throughout his career, yet still occasionally comes out of retirement for one more match. However, he has yet to come back full-time, and only comes back to wrestle his [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho closest]] [[{{Wrestling/Christian}} friends]], or put over [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson newer talent that impresses him]].
* Wrestling/HulkHogan:
** Teased at this in 1990 during his feud with Earthquake. To allow legit injuries to heal and to tend to movie-making projects, Hogan, Wrestling/JimmyHart and Wrestling/JohnTenta (Earthquake) conceived an angle where Earthquake would sneak attack Hogan during an interview with Brother Love, causing serious injuries to his chest. The trope kicked in when Hogan was distraught over being caught off-guard by a man that had been threatening to kill him off, and that coupled with an earlier loss to the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior at Wrestlemania VI were enough for him to retire. The WWF's announcers pleaded for fans to send letters and cards requesting his return and to "heal" his fighting spirit, the response was (predictably) strong ... and by the start of August, Hogan had come out of his self-imposed "retirement" to gain revenge on Earthquake.
** Wrestling/{{TNA}} played with this trope in a stroke of genius when Hogan pleaded retirement in a last ditch attempt to dodge facing Wrestling/{{Sting}} at ''Bound for Glory'' and putting his control of the company on the line. Sting, being clever now and knowing Hogan as well as he does, had a look at surveillance cameras and was able to get footage of Hogan and Bischoff laughing at the fans for actually buying into it. This finally broke Hogan off the deep end to the point he agreed to all of Sting's conditions right then and there.
* The last Wrestling/{{WSU}} show of 2007 saw Becky Bayless take a literal ten minute retirement, which was just a scam to keep the title around the waist of Alicia.
* Wrestling/MagnumTOKYO returned to the ring just two years after he retired due to a supposedly grave eye injury.
* Villano V had a retirement match in 2013 only to show up at a Wrestling/{{CMLL}} show four days later, as he lost so much money promoting his retirement to a poor turnout he was forced back to work.

* In ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', the end of the first act has Elder Price, having seen a warlord shoot an Ugandan man in the face, basically saying, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere "Screw the rules, I'm transferring to Orlando,"]] and leaving his companion to continue the mission on his own. To make some long scenes short, Kevin reconsiders after not getting any farther than the bus station.
* In ''Theatre/SheLovesMe'', Georg quits working for Maraczek in the middle of the first act after venting his frustrations on Amalia. By the start of the second act, he's back.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV: The Price of Freedom'' starts off with Blair tending a farm after the Kilrathi War, mostly due to [[spoiler:his Belgian girlfriend getting killed]]. He's back flying for the Confederation by the end of the opening cutscene.
* X starts off ''VideoGame/MegaManX7'' in retirement.
* Most of the characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' go through a one-year retirement after having TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt go off in their faces. Although ''some'' of them at least try to save their people or get back on their feet, others either mope at a bar or even join the BigBad's cult, and it's up to Celes to round them all up to [[SavingTheWorld save what little is left of the world]] (but not before she attempts the [[DrivenToSuicide most permanent kind of retirement there is]].)
** Only if you fail to save Cid, although his death and attempted suicide are generally considered canon, with the ability to save him just being extra flavor.
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''
** Miles Edgeworth disappears after the first game, leaving behind only a note saying "Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth chooses death". [[spoiler:He returns in the second game's final case with newfound resolve, just in time to walk Phoenix through his own DarkestHour. Phoenix is torn between joy at seeing him alive and fury that his old friend would make him believe he was dead.]]
** Apollo Justice in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' says at the end of the first case that he's going to take a leave of absence. The true context of this scene plays out during the final chapter of the game. While this may seem like a long time, the timeframe he ends up being gone for is only a short few hours because of the [[ExtremelyShortTimespan very compressed period over which the events of the final case take place]]. [[spoiler:By the end of case 5 he's right back at Phoenix's side with his motivation renewed.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', at one point, the main character's sister tries to convince him to run away from his responsibilities. Accepting leads to a 10-Minute Retirement, after which the other characters catch up and try to convince him to be their leader again. Refusing here turns the temporary retirement into a [[NonstandardGameOver permanent one]], however.
** [[spoiler:Running away will also lead the storyline to one of the Stars of Destiny, Ridley Wizen, being killed off-screen and later being replaced by his son. However, if you refuse to run away, Ridley will live.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'', after his curiosity nearly gets the team killed (were it not for some timely intervention by TheRival, culminating in said rival's death), team sniper Clive retires from the team. As the group scales another of the same device that nearly killed them before, we're treated to brief scenes of Clive conversing with his family, and gradually working up the courage to rejoin the team. As the team gets caught in the same trap again, Clive decides to take a separate path to the top, and after freeing the team by shooting and exploding reaches the exit and rejoins the team.
** Another self-induced Ten Minute Retirement occurs in the [[VideoGame/WildArms1 first game]], when Rudy inflicts a crippling injury on himself in order to escape from the Metal Demons. ([[spoiler:That is to say, he loses his goddamn ''left arm'', and ''then'' finds out he's an ArtificialHuman. The poor kid.]]) The next four or five hours of the game involve Jack and Cecilia desperately trying to find a way to heal him, putting their whole mission to, y'know, [[SavingTheWorld save the world]] on hold in the meantime. It's okay, though, the demons are crippled just as badly and take about as long to recover.
* [[TheBigGuy Murray]] suffers a massive HeroicBSOD at the end of ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'', brought about by the loss of his [[CompanionCube cherished van]] and his friend [[TheSmartGuy Bentley]] being crippled. Blaming himself for this, Murray leaves the Cooper Gang to take up a vow of pacifism and go on a [[JourneyToFindOneself spiritual walkabout.]] [[note]]He spends a full year doing this, and the only reason it falls under this trope instead of HesBack is because the year took place off-screen between games.[[/note]] He's pretty content to stay like this until in ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' he sees [[MadArtist Octavio]] about to kill Bentley:
--> ''"That does it! I'll floss my teeth with your spine! The Murray returns!"''
* Ezio is in one of these between the ending of ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed II]]'' and the beginning of the first act of ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]''. [[spoiler:Having your villa destroyed and your beloved uncle killed is plentiful motivation to put your Assassin robes back on, though.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', Drachma leaves the party and comes back... [[spoiler:many times.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}4'': Nate starys out as "retired" from treasure hunting, but quickly gets back into it when he reunites with Sam.
* After completing Solas's personal quest "All New, Faded for Her" in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', he claims he "needs to be alone" after [[spoiler:having to MercyKill his friend the Wisdom Spirit who had been corrupted into a Pride Demon]] and leaves the party. He returns the next time you go back to Skyhold, but the Inquisitor's comments make it clear there was a TimeSkip and he's been gone quite some time, perhaps weeks, long enough that they were at least a bit surprised he came back at all (Varric seems to have had a SideBet on it).

* In the early strips of ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', Mega Man quits, only to return when he hears Dave is playing his role. He does it again later on.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Sinfest}}'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-02-01 The Devil quit his job for around a year and a half.]]
* Played with in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. The Spider maintaining the Web of Fate retired due to a nervous breakdown over how [[ContinuitySnarl tangled]] the Web was getting. [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Father Time]] convinced him to return to the job... because he needs to [[PassingTheTorch pass the torch]] before he can permanently retire in good conscience, and the job is complicated enough that the replacement needs several years of on-the-job training before taking over.
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', [[TheAce Ace]] [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/04/17/mind-games/ is left in this state after Mittens outclasses him.]] [[BerserkButton Then MOUSE makes it sound like Mittens is making moves on his girlfriend...]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic had a breakdown due to the director of ''Film/MyPetMonster'' calling him pathetic and realizing that he has no life apart watching nostalgic crap. He gets his resolve back with a parody of "[[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Poor Jack]]". Which becomes either HilariousInHindsight or HarsherInHindsight after Creator/DougWalker officially retired the Nostalgia Critic to move on to other projects. Only to return a few months later after those other projects failed to be accepted by fans.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd has done this twice, both on a 10th anniversary.
** For the 10th anniversary of the show, he plays ''[[VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors Desert Bus]]'', and after playing it he feels as though all of his warnings about shitty games has fallen on deaf ears, so he sees no point in continuing his show. He comes back from retirement after playing a fan-made romhack of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'' which addressed many of his criticisms with the original, causing hm to realize that people were listening to him after all.
** For the 10th anniversary of the show first being uploaded to Website/YouTube, he reviews the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' franchise, initially having a good time, but then some of the later ''Mega Man X'' games start getting too crazy with dialogue boxes, to the point that he can't even play the game for more than a few seconds before being interrupted. He's so mad that he {{rage quit}}s video games entirely, shoving his whole collection into garbage bags and leaving them at the dump, then discarding his [[IconicOutfit Nerd shirt]] in a field. Then he somehow travels through time and meets some of his past selves while they are recording past episodes. When he travels all the way back to the second episode (the first time he ever appeared on camera), and that Nerd tells him how great it would be to have a web series with a huge following, the present-day Nerd realizes how good he has it, which causes him to travel back into the present... where he finds that [[spoiler:Bugs Bunny]] has put on the shirt he discarded and taken over the show. After a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, the Nerd takes his shirt and his show back, and with renewed enthusiasm is ready to get back to playing shitty games... [[spoiler:except that the first one he picks up is ''Mega Man Soccer'', which is so shitty it makes him immediately jump out a window. A ''closed'' window]].
* In the first WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows video done for Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, he retires within the first five seconds of Ke$ha's (or [[FanNickName Ke-dollersign-ha]]) "Blah Blah Blah" right after a huge thank-you speech, only for him to be self-motivated a few seconds later.
* Zisteau had planned to retire from the Mindcrack Prank Wars after his "grand finale" prank on [[spoiler:Guude]], but [[spoiler:Team Canada]] left a retirement present for him that pushed him a little too far and drove him to swear vengeance.
* When the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' discover a glitch in ''VideoGame/{{Sonic the Hedgehog|2006}}'' that causes Knuckles to jump several feet into the air, then latch onto an invisible wall, [[Creator/{{Egoraptor}} Arin]] immediately storms out of the room while [[WebVideo/JonTron Jon]] begs him to come back.
* WebVideo/OnCinema: Tim "left" the show after season 5 to live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming thus leaving Gregg to host the first episode of season 6 by himself. Tim returned in the following episode however when realizing Jackson Hole wasn't as great has he thought.
* Creator/SeanMalstrom swore that he would abandon his blog and gaming after finding out that Creator/{{Nintendo}} planned to imprint a recycling logo on the inside of UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} game cases. He claimed that a similar alteration to {{S|uperNintendoEntertainmentSystem}}NES boxes was the catalyst for him forsaking gaming up until ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' came out. This didn't have any effect on his blog post output or his gaming habits whatsoever.
* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' former mayor Pamela Winchell announces her retirement after being forced to step down as mayor. Unfortunately her retirement hobbies promptly threaten to destroy the town, ending only when she's convinced to accept the position of Director of Emergency Press Conferences. Calling these was mostly all she did as mayor anyway.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A rather mundane example of how it works, from ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', "Susie Sings The Blues":
-->'''Susie:''' "I let someone talk me into thinking I had talent, but what she was actually trying to do was talk me out of a thousand dollars. Which she did! No one showed up! No one! There was never any record deal. I got conned, okay!"
-->'''Kimi:''' "Oh no."
-->'''Susie ''(crying)'':''' "She picked the perfect person. I was just talented enough for her to trick me into thinking I actually had what it took to make it big."
-->'''Kimi:''' "You still do. She took enough money for one serious shopping spree but she didn't take your talent. You'll feel better when you sing tonight."
-->'''Susie:''' "I'm not singing tonight! Maybe not ever again!"
-->'''Alisa:''' "Well, at least you learned your lesson before this singing thing messed you up. Now you can get on with the important things in life."
-->'''Susie:''' "But singing is an important thing in my life."
-->'''Alisa:''' "I know, and it's a great hobby."
-->'''Susie:''' "Hobby? Singing isn't just some knitting needle book clubbing thing I do in my spare time. It's who I am. It's what I want. And still do. And I'm not gonna let some con-artist in a fake designer suit stop me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a gig. Dig."
* Timmy's favorite comic superhero, the Crimson Chin, retired for about a few minutes in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', and was shown in a fetal position for an entire comic book.
* In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Danny calls off his duty as a superhero when Vlad's team of ghostbusters easily outclasses him. He returns in time to save the world from an ecto-induced asteroid and is subsequently celebrated as a hero over the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Cyborg in the very first episode, and again in the third season finale. Starfire also intends to leave the team for an arranged marriage at one point.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** In the episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE49IAmTheNight "I Am the Night"]], Batman messes up a stakeout, and Commissioner Gordon is shot as a result. In the wake of this, he goes into a deep, irrational depression and nearly gives up the cape and cowl, even when he hears that the gangster has broken out of jail and plans to finish the job. Only when Robin tries to save Gordon on his own does he finally snap out of it.
** In [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE22Chemistry "Chemistry"]], he gives up being Batman when he finally found the love of his life, preferring to settle down and marry (though Nightwing believed he would be back in the suit in a month). However it is later discovered that she, (along with everyone else's partner on said ship) is a plant person created by Ivy to inherit all their fortunes once they're dead. Bruce is back as Batman to foil her plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
** In "[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So the Drama]]", Kim has one of these near the end when it looks like [[NearVillainVictory Drakken won]], saying that she "should have stuck to babysitting." It takes a pep talk and a [[Heartwarming/KimPossible confession of love from her sidekick]] to [[LetsGetDangerous snap her]] [[HesBack out of it]].
** This also occurred in the episode "Team Impossible" after [[ActionHero Team]] [[PunchClockHero Impossible]] put [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne Kim]] [[MoralDissonance out of business]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Cornelia briefly quits the team after Elyon goes to Meridian to be with Phobos, blaming Will for not letting her tell Elyon her true identity until Phobos got to her first. Half an episode later, Cornelia returns to help the team fight off a giant Meridian Mudslug.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': He-Man in "The Problem With Power" after Skeletor tricks him into thinking his actions during a local crisis have resulted in the death of a villager. He-Man even goes so far as to throw away the Sword of Grayskull. Naturally, Skelly takes this opportunity to swoop in and be evil. Also, [[spoiler:it turns out that He-Man didn't really hurt anybody, and the whole incident was a BatmanGambit (and EvilPlan of the week) that Skeletor devised to demoralize He-Man and trick him into giving up his powers.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' episode "Razor's Edge" has a similar plot to the ''He-Man'' episode cited above. Razor thinks he's injured two elderly civilians, feels guilty, and quits the SWAT Kats, but [[spoiler:the whole incident was a BatmanGambit that Dark Kat devised to demoralize Razor and trick him into giving up crimefighting.]]
* The same writer who scripted "Razor's Edge" reused the idea on ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' (in the episode "Modo Hangs It Up") a couple of years later. Talk about a RecycledScript...
* Nicely toyed with in the unproduced "Mopiness of Doom" script for ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': Dib, tired of his pariah status, stops hunting Zim to pursue "real science" with his father Professor Membrane. With no one to chase him -- or take him ''seriously'' -- Zim falls into a despair, thus largely ceasing to be a threat. However, Dib eventually gets bored with real science and, after a pep talk from his father GoneHorriblyWrong, starts chasing Zim again... which cheers Zim up enough to try and kill him and take over the earth once more.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' has a Three Minute Retirement in ''The Sweet Dreams Movie''. She blames herself for [[ItMakesSenseInContext The Sandman getting captured by the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak]] and gives up, saying, "Don't know why I thought I could do it, I'm JustAKid." But in the span of one song, she's suddenly back to her usual can-do self.
* Lightning Lad from ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' left the team for a while to join a group called the 'Lightspeed Van Guard'. They turn out to be heroes who charge for their services and threaten people to pay up. Lightning Lad comes to his senses at the end of the episode.
* WesternAnimation/{{Phineas|AndFerb}}, of [[CheerfulChild ALL]] people, gets one in "Summer Belongs to You" when he can't think of any way to get off a deserted island before sundown. It takes [[ToyShip Isabella]] indirectly giving him an idea to bring him to his senses.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Rarity in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited for Success]]". After she's humiliated by allowing the over-designed dresses she made for her friends to be seen (and thoroughly insulted) by a fashion designer, she locks herself in her bedroom for days, wallowing in pity, or "whatever it is ponies are supposed to wallow in."
** Rainbow Dash in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" when she becomes convinced she can't pull off the titular move.
*** And again in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E22TestingTesting123 "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3"]], when she gives up hope of passing the Wonderbolts Reserve entrance exam.
** Twilight Sparkle goes into one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony Part 2]]", when [[DarkestHour her friends have abandoned her, and it looks like all of Equestria will fall under]] [[BigBad Discord]]'s reign of chaos.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E5FlightToTheFinish "Flight to the Finish"]], Scootaloo does this after her failed flight attempts combined with Diamond Tiara's and Silver Spoon's bullying, going as far as [[ItsAllJunk taking down her posters and throwing away her scooter]] before Rainbow Dash and her friends intervene.
** Pinkie Pie does this ''twice'' in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E12PinkiePride "Pinkie Pride"]], first after her friends seem to be favoring Cheese Sandwich over her, and second after losing the Goof-Off to him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'':
** Ironhide had one of these in the episode "The Immobilizer", after the Decepticons were able to ambush the Autobots. He was supposed to be lookout.
** In the episode "The Burden Hardest to Bear" Rodimus Prime (after being turned back into Hot Rod) having felt overwhelmed by the burdens of leadership for some time. Hot Rod at first doesn't try to get the stolen Metrix of leadership back from the Decepticons, until he has a change of heart when he sees people in need of help.
** First Aid also did it in "The Ultimate Weapon," after his pacifism allowed Swindle to steal Metroplex's transformation cog.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' got one too. In "The Law of the Jungle," Tigatron accidentally caused an explosion that killed a tiger he had befriended, causing him to call it quits because he didn't want to be responsible for any more death.
* Krusty frequently retires on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', but he always returns due to NegativeContinuity. In "Day of the Jackanapes", he is retiring for the fifth and "final" time.
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' gives up crimefighting in the Bakshi episode "Day Of The Mice" when Petey Pate brainwashes the Mouseville inhabitants to stand up for themselves against cats. When Pearl Pureheart stands against Petey and is subsequently imperiled, three incapacitated cats entreat Mighty Mouse to return to fighting the good fight and return things to the status quo.
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo quits twice. In the prime time special ''Scooby Goes Hollywood,'' Shaggy convinces him to quit his TV show to pursue a career as a dramatic actor. In the ''[[WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo 13 Ghosts]]'' episode "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot It's a Wonderful Scoob]]," he becomes so traumatized by the episode's BigBad that he goes back home to his parents. In the first instance, Fred, Daphne and Velma lead a rally for Scooby to return to his cartoon show. In the second, Vincent Van Ghoul shows Scooby [[BadFuture the future world without him stopping the villain Time Slime]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'':
** Darkwing Duck once briefly hung up the cape in the episode "Duck Blind" where he was blinded by Megavolt. He still did everything in his power to try and catch him, but his actions backfired twice, first nearly killing himself and then nearly doing so to his friends and family. It was this second one that got to him so badly he attempted to quit. By the end of the episode when they all get in trouble again, he finally gets back into action and defeats Megavolt--- notably ''before'' he recovers his sight.
** In another episode, he temporarily retires when he thinks his occasional absences are having a negative effect on Gosalyn (who hadn't been behaving in school as of late).
* Subverted by Nightwing in the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. When Aqualad tells him this is no time to quit, he assures him that he isn't quitting the Team, but that he needs a break after [[spoiler:the death of Wally, one of the team's founders and his best friend]].
* The plot of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'' episode "Feryl Steps Out" revolves around Feryl leaving the Spectral Knights because he thinks he's "too much of a liability". However, when Leoric is later captured by the Darkling Lords, it is Feryl who saves the day, leading to his return to the team.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** In "The Bands Break Up" both Kimber and Stormer feel disrespected by their respective bands, storm out to drown their sorrows (in [[FrothyMugsOfMilk milkshakes]]), and meet each other at a club. After they bond, they quit their bands and form a duo together. Apparently they eventually moved in together and spent several months on their own. They developed one hit album together before returning to their original bands.
** "Roxy Rumbles" has Roxy winning the lottery and running off from The Misfits. Within the span of a few days she's back with the group due to her contract and because she lost most of her money.
* "WesternAnimation/{{Delta State}}" The episode "First Contract: Part 1" Has Luna leaving the apartment and giving up on the mission, however she returns for her sweater and after talking to Brodie and seeing her friends in danger, she helps them and stays.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': In "Citizen Tabes", the bears' friend Ranger Tabes rescues a mule deer buck from a falling tree, but accidentally breaks one of his antlers off in the process, causing a rift between the deer and a potential mate. Tabes, guilt-ridden about "disturbing the balance of nature", decides to give up being a park ranger and goes into selling pine-cone sculptures online. The bears spend the rest of the episode trying to persuade Tabes to come out of retirement, and eventually succeeding.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Brett Favre announced his retirement from American Football twice, only to unretire twice. UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan and Roger Clemens have also done this, the latter being derided by Stephen A. Smith as a "part-timer" for unretiring in the middle of the season.
** Favre pulled the same stunt during his last four off-seasons with the Packers. But because no "official" announcement was ever made by Favre himself, it didn't get nearly as much coverage outside of Wisconsin. This was partially due to the assumption that the writers who reported his retirement were just opportunistic local guys trying to get some cheap publicity... but also because jerking the Packers organization and his loyal fans around was thought to be [[AllAmericanFace well beneath a man of Brett Favre's character]]... HilariousInHindsight, indeed!
** Creator/StephenColbert was making fun of Favre on [[Series/TheColbertReport his show]] when he "came to a realization" that doing this only serves to give you celebrity status. He quickly announces his own retirement, immediately followed by another announcement about his return.
** Several of the most famous hockey players in NHL history have done this, most notably Gordie Howe and Mario Lemieux.
* H. Ross Perot in the 1992 US Presidential campaign quit twice, and reentered twice.
* John [=McCain=] briefly suspended his own presidential campaign in 2008 to deal with issues in Congress before returning to it just days later.
* Happens a lot for female players in pretty much any full contact sport. A lot of doctors, being older men, really don't like the idea of women getting knocked around on the field and will tell them any given injury means they won't be able to play ever again. Most of them come back shortly after seeking a second or third opinion.
* University of Florida [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball football]] coach Urban Meyer announced that he was stepping down from his position, only to announce the next day that he would be keeping it, though he would take a leave of absence.
** Almost exactly one year later, he retired again, apparently for real. Florida took him at his word, hiring a replacement shortly thereafter.
** Less than a year after that retirement, he took the head coaching job at Ohio State University, where he remains today.
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki has made many attempts to retire from directing over his career, only to get drawn back in to make new projects. Even after "officially" retiring following the completion of ''Anime/TheWindRises'' (2013), he dropped hints that [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/animators/is-hayao-miyazaki-un-retiring-again-94278.html he'd probably come out of retirement to make another film]], which he did [[http://variety.com/2017/film/asia/animation-hayao-miyazaki-at-work-on-feature-1201996675/ four years later.]]
* The number of times Creator/HideoKojima has said "This will be my last ''Franchise/MetalGear Solid'' game" has reached hilarious levels. He's been saying this since ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. Now he has promised that ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' will be his last game. And, due to some ExecutiveMeddling and CreatorBacklash, it seems more likely this time that it will stick.
* George Marshall, the man who was deemed [[TheGoodChancellor too important]] to command the D-Day invasion of Europe because Roosevelt was terrified of what would happen if he left the country. After managing WWII and its aftermath (you may have heard of the Marshall Plan) from behind the scenes he tried to retire to his garden when the war ended. He was pulled out of retirement after '''one''' day to become ambassador to China. After retiring '''again''', he was later made the Secretary of State to help put the army back together to fight in Korea; Congress confirmed him without any hearings.
* Music/GarthBrooks. He announced his retirement after the ''Scarecrow'' album in the early 2000s, but has come out of retirement ''three times'': once to release "Good Ride Cowboy" and a collection of previously-unreleased material culled from various points in his career; once to release "More Than a Memory" and a comprehensive greatest-hits package; and once ''again'' to do some shows in Vegas.
* Amanda Bynes announced she was retiring from acting in July 2010, only to change her mind a few days later.
* Dame Nellie Melba's retirement never quite stuck.
* Music/FrankSinatra put on several lavish "retirement" concerts starting in the early 1970s, but was still booking tour dates when he died in 1998.
* Several years ago, Music/CelineDion declared that she would retire to spend some time with her husband and have a baby. Although she did explicitly state that the retirement would only be temporary, the period leading up to her sabbatical lasted for more than a year and was jam-packed with concerts and public appearances.
* Music/DavidBowie's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound%2BVision_Tour Sound+Vision Tour]] in 1990 was a retirement tour for many of his ''hit songs'', rather than himself. As he put it to ''Life'' magazine in '92, he was tired of "being expected, or required, to do hit songs that I no longer can do with any integrity or credibility." This stuck longer than most: all the songs stayed retired until 1996, whereupon ""Heroes"" appeared as part of the Outside Summer Festivals Tour and set the stage for most of the rest to return to his repertoire. (In the interim he stuck with new material, both with Tin Machine and as a solo performer, and less-popular older songs that fit in with the new stuff thematically and/or musically.)
* A funny subversion exists in professional tennis, where forfeiting a match due to injury is referred to as ''retiring''.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Belgi|um}}an parliament passed a law legalizing abortion in early 1990. The King of the Belgians, Baudoin, had to sign it before it took effect. There was just one problem: the King was a devout Catholic, and any Catholic who facilitates even ''one'' abortion is automatically excommunicated. Legalizing the procedure for an entire ''nation'' is... frowned upon. On the other hand, Belgium was a constitutional monarchy where the Royal Assent had long become a formality, and the King attempting to unilaterally veto a law was... ''even more'' frowned upon. The King got around this dilemma by reaching an agreement with Prime Minister Wilfried Martens and ''abdicating for a day'': he was declared temporarily unable to serve on 4 April, Martens' government as a whole took over as head of state and the cabinet members all signed the law, before Parliament declared him competent to serve again the next day. (Some uncharitable people would have you believe the whole procedure was emblematic of [[WretchedHive Belgian federal politics]].)
* [[Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah Winfrey]] ended her show after 25 years and started a new network, called OWN. She now has another show coming out that is essentially her old show RecycledInSpace, with her going to the people she interviews rather than the other way around. She also threatened to retire after 20 years, but decided against it.
* Jesse Jackson announced his withdrawal from activism in 2001, after it became known that he'd had an affair and fathered an illegitimate daughter. Shortly afterwards, he announced that he was returning. Pundit Jonah Goldberg quipped, "One man's 'retirement from public life' is another man's 'long weekend'."
* Paul Scholes retired from all football in May 2011 and almost immediately regretted it, returning seven months later and promptly being talked about for international contention again (he retired from international football in 2004 and has been badgered to change his mind pretty much ever since).
* Music/EltonJohn announced his "retirement" from the road in a 1977 concert after a period of burnout. He returned to the road with a piano/percussion lineup with Ray Cooper in 1979, famously touring in Russia (he was the first Western act allowed to perform in Russia at the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar). He's since made empty threats to "retire" from recording and/or touring throughout his career, to the point a roadie reportedly made a mixtape of all of his "retirement" announcements ([[ActuallyPrettyFunny which made Elton laugh]]).
* During the 1960s, actor [[Series/QuantumLeap Dean]] [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Stockwell]] took a break - getting into the hippie subculture with pals like Dennis Hopper. Upon returning to acting, however, his luck was running out. He eked along from 1965 to 1980 taking whatever work he could get (like dinner theater), but in the end, he found it so embarrassing that he decided to throw in the towel and move on. Thing is, he announced his retirement in a goodbye ad in ''Variety'' - which got him noticed by casting directors. In the face of renewed offers for movies and television (including a [[Series/QuantumLeap particularly successful one involving a future Star Trek captain and time travel]]), he gladly went back to acting almost immediately after 'retiring.'
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, after already being President, mind you, stated he would come out of retirement and lead the US army against what appeared to be inevitable war against France. The war never came about.
* Alan F. Horn was the head of Warner Bros. Entertainment from 1999-2011, and he was most famous for overseeing mega projects like the ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' series, the ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter]]'' films, and ''[[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga The Dark Knight]]'' trilogy. He was forced out of the company in 2011 by the Time Warner bosses and announced that he was "done" with Hollywood... but then a year later was named the head of the Walt Disney Studios, where he's overseeing mega projects like the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, the ''Franchise/StarWars'' sequel trilogy, and the revived Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon.
* When [[FaceOfTheBand Dave Mustaine]] suffered a severe hand injury that could potentially have paralyzed his left hand, he announced he would be disbanding Music/{{Megadeth}} due to his incapacitation. However, despite his doctors' fears, he ultimately recovered and recorded ''The System Has Failed'' with a radically different lineup; it was originally intended to be a [[SoloSideProject solo album]] but the record label [[ExecutiveMeddling demanded it released under the Megadeth moniker]]. Dave and his revolving door of musicians have been releasing subsequent Megadeth albums ever since.
* Music/FearFactory's "official" 2003 breakup was cut alarmingly short by a reformation with bassist Christian Olde Wolbers replacing former guitarist Dino Cazares and the release of ''Archetype'' in early 2004.
* Music/JayZ is notorious for claiming he's going to "retire" and then not doing so, often making more music a very short time later. His first time "retiring" was back in 1996 after his first album debuted. He's had 10 albums since then, not counting collaborations and guest appearances.
* Mark Martin has become the epitome of this in UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}. In 2004, he announced that 2005 would be his last year on the Sprint Cup tour. In the seven years that have passed since this first deadline, he's never raced fewer than 24 of the 36 races in a given season, and has actually raced more full-time seasons (four) than part-time (three). Initially, Mark had to extend his retirement tour into 2006 after his planned replacement in the 6 car, Carl Edwards, was called onto the Sprint Cup tour shortly after Martin's original announcement as an emergency replacement for just-released Jeff Burton, with his performance in the 99 leading to a full-time ride in that car for 2005 through to the present. Martin departed Roush Racing after 2006, when it was decided David Ragan was ready to take over the 6, but rather than fully retire, he moved to Ginn Racing, splitting time in the 01 with Regan Smith. When Ginn folded into DEI later that year, Martin moved there as well, and took over the 8 car in 2008, splitting time with Aric Almirola. Then, Hendrick Motorsports convinced Martin to take over the 5 car full time in 2009. Martin ended up having a very strong year in '09, winning five times and finishing runner-up to new teammate Jimmie Johnson, which led to Hendrick re-signing him for 2010 and '11 as well. 2012 saw Martin leave Hendrick, but once again, he only semi-retired, signing a two-year, 48 race deal with Michael Waltrip Racing and the 55 car. He signed with Stuart-Haas Racing in 2013, and raced as a substitute for the injured TonyStewart that year. It ended up being his final year racing. While he was still under contract in 2014, and almost filled in for Stewart once again, he's now finally retired for good a decade after first announcing it.
* Music/OzzyOsbourne announced in 1993 that he'd retire from touring and called his would-be final tour "No More Tours". He was back on the road in 1995 with "The Retirement Sucks Tour" and has been on the road more or less ever since.
* First Minister of UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Peter Robinson pledged to step down in early 2010 after it came out that [[MrsRobinson his wife had been fooling about with a 19-year-old]] and then taken out loans for the boy without reporting it to the proper authorities--and that Mr Robinson, the First Minister, knew about it. A few weeks thereafter, an official made it clear that even if wrongdoing was found he'd get no more than a reprimand, and he returned to his post.
* Longtime ABC college football announcer Keith Jackson retired in 1999, then was persuaded to return to the booth the following year. He retired again, this time (presumably) for good, in 2006.
* New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens announced his retirement in 2003, then came back the following year with the Houston Astros, ostensibly for "just one season". He stayed with in Houston through 2006, re-announced his retirement, then came back with the Yankees midway through the 2007 season. He retired yet again at the end of that year, this time for good. (At least, until 2012, when at the age of 50 he signed with an independent minor-league team in Sugar Land, Texas.)
** Andy Pettitte retired in 2010, unretired in 2012, and re-retired in 2013.
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} Tennis player]] Martina Hingis retired and unretired multiple times over the course of her career due to being plagued by injuries (and accusations of drug-taking later on). Justine Henin also infamously retired out of the blue in 2008 (in spite of still being ranked No. 1 at that time), only to unretire a year later after Kim Clijsters made her own successful unretirement. She then retired for good two years later after being hindered by injuries.
* Trent Reznor disbanded Music/NineInchNails in 2009 after a farewell tour and a string of "final shows." He spent only a couple of years working on soundtracks and side projects before putting out a new NIN album in 2013. By contrast, there were five years between NIN's first and second albums, five more between their second and third and six years between their third and fourth.
* The Music/{{Orbital}} brothers went solo in 2004 after ''The Blue Album'' and a subsequent farewell tour, but reformed for a 20th anniversary reunion tour in 2009, followed by the release of ''Don't Stop Me/The Gun is Good'' in 2010 and ''Wonky'' in 2012. They disbanded permanently in 2014, although Paul is still producing solo under the name 8:58.
* Adult film stars do this all the time.
* Andrew Sega and Reagan Jones put their synthpop act Music/{{Iris}} on indefinite hold after a falling-out following the supporting tour for 2010's ''Blacklight'', but their spark was reignited in 2013 after Jones sent three song sketches to Sega, leading to the production of ''Radiant'', released in Fall 2014.
* Music/NewOrder disbanded in 2009, with Bernard Sumner saying that he no longer wished to make music under the name. Just two years later, however, Sumner reformed the group, with keyboardist Gillian Gilbert returning after a ten-year hiatus, and bassist Tom Chapman, from the side project Bad Lieutenant, replacing Peter Hook, who left in 2007.
* Sascha K. disbanded Music/{{KMFDM}} in 1999 after the release of ''Adios'', due to irreconciliable differences with Gunter Schulz and En Esch, and founded the side project MDFMK with Tim Skold and Lucia Cifarelli. After switching labels to Metropolis Records due to a disagreement with Universal, Sascha reformed KMFDM in 2002 with Skold, Cifarelli, Raymond Watts, and Bill Rieflin.
* By the mid-90s, Creator/LeonardNimoy kept saying he was going to retire, yet he kept coming back, most notably for [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 Star Trek reboot]], until he passed away in 2015.
* Similar to Hideo Kojima, Creator/MasahiroSakurai has stated that ever ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game after the original was made on the assumption that he would never make another one afterwards, and he has also voiced his displeasure with the "sequel process" of the industry and that it was his main motivation of leaving HAL Laboratory to form his own company. Of course, he has returned to the series twice over even with Sora Ltd., though he also states thinks ''Smash 4'' will be his final ''Smash'' game "for real".
* Creator/JamieLeeCurtis has hinted at or even announced her retirement a few times, but continues to act in film and television. ''Film/ChristmasWithTheKranks'' in 2004 was supposed to be her final film, but while she took a bit of a break, she came back with a supporting role in 2007 with ''Film/BeverlyHillsChihuahua'', and has since had roles in ''Film/YouAgain'' and ''Film/VeronicaMars'', recurring roles on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' and ''Series/NewGirl'', and also dabbled in voice acting with a role in the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Anime/FromUpOnPoppyHill''. She's now playing a lead in Creator/RyanMurphy's slasher series ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'', which she has also suggested might be her final role. Given her past history, it's unlikely this will be the case.
** She's also "retired" from horror and slasher films more than once. ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' was supposed to be her last hurrah as a scream queen, but she returned in 1998 for ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' as a gift to the fans. She also appeared in 2002's ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' under contractual obligations. She then distanced herself from horror once again until 2015, appearing as the lead in the slasher series ''Scream Queens''.
* In 1983, Music/SoftCell frontman Marc Almond announced that he was quitting the music industry following an altercation between himself and a music journalist who had given a less than complimentary review to an album which Marc recorded as part of a side project. However, the announcement was retracted shortly after and, though Soft Cell disbanded the following year, Marc continued recording as a solo artist.
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon attempted this in 1962 when the former Vice-President (who had just lost the race for Governor of UsefulNotes/{{California}} to incumbent Governor Pat Brown two years after narrowly losing the Presidency to UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy) announced that "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Nixon%27s_last_press_conference you don't have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference]]." Nixon didn't stay retired long; briefly floating his name as a compromise candidate for the Republican nomination for President in the [[TroubledProduction/{{Other}} highly contentious]] 1964 campaign before running for (and winning) the Presidency in 1968 to complete his political comeback.
* Swimming superstar Michael Phelps insisted in multiple interviews that the 2012 London Olympic Games would definitely be his last competition. It didn't stick, of course.
* In the wake of Argentina's defeat in the final of the 2016 Copa América–the third major international final the ''Albiceleste'' had lost in three years (the others being the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa América)—superstar Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football. It didn't even last two months.
* In the same sport, US star Landon Donovan announced his retirement in 2014, returning in 2016 to help his former team, the LA Galaxy, through a late-season injury crisis. After that season, he announced his retirement again... watch this space to see if it sticks.
* UsefulNotes/SimonBolivar had this both in the "forced to do it" and "really I want to retire, leave me alone" variety. His first couple of attempts to win independence for Norther South America (Colombia, Venezuela and so on) almost all started out promising enough only for the Spanish to come back with a vengeance and Bolivar escaping by the skin of his teeth into exile. Bolivar would then sit a round in exile as a "private citizen" and plot the next attempt. After he finally managed to make independence stick, he originally intended to pull a Cincinnatus and retire to his farm (freeing all his slaves in the process, mind you), but it was not to be - armies would always end up under his command and he would be appointed to more presidencies than he could resign from. Critics of course said this was all a deliberate ploy to be given absolute power (like Octavian/Augustus had done nearly two thousand years earlier), but Bolivar did not attempt to resign once or twice, but too often to count. It never stuck.
* At the end of the 2016 Formula 1 season, Brazilian driver Felipe Massa announced his retirement. However, Valtteri Bottas moved to Mercedes that year, leaving a seat open at Williams. Massa came back for one more season in 2017, before retiring for good.