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[[caption-width-right:310:... and this time, ItsPersonal!!!]]

->''"I've killed the demons, they haunt me no more\\
I'm loaded and charged to the core\\
Unholy poisons depraving my soul\\
Now I am back in control''\\
-->-- '''Music/IronSavior''', "Dragons Rising"

Something bad has happened to our character. Really bad. [[HeroicBSOD It's shaken his faith in himself and in everything else]]. He may have [[DrowningMySorrows hit the bottle]]. He's letting his enemies walk all over him as he rolls around in self-pity and despair, like AchillesInHisTent.

No matter how long it lasts, it won't stick. Sooner or later, our hero is going to shake off his funk and become the man he used to be. After that, we will never mention his low times again (except as a motivator). This is sometimes triggered by some sudden threat he must rise up to face, but when it's done well, it's really more the result of a long healing process finally reaching critical mass. Therefore, the sudden threat is generally used in tandem with a TenMinuteRetirement, whereas He's Back more properly describes the end of a character arc, but the distinction can be blurry, such as in cases in which the 10-Minute version falls across a season break. He's Back is ''not'' usually the result of a WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, but ''is'' often the result of "GetAHoldOfYourselfMan"

Works best if the tragedy was on-screen, but sometimes this is relegated to his backstory. Also, emotional impact is maximized if the character in question is TheWoobie.

Often timed to coincide with a RousingSpeech. It could also be punctuated with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech just for good measure.

Should be the climax of a long-term character arc, but a lightweight version happens at the end of, eg., a 10-Minute Retirement. He may have been down, and maybe you counted him out, but now he's back, and it's about time.

Note that villains are perfectly capable of doing this as well. In fact, for any good ArchEnemy, the cue to do so will be the discovery that the hero himself is back -- enough moping around, your one and only WorthyOpponent has returned!

The distinguishing mark between 10-Minute Retirement and PassingTheTorch. The [[StatusQuoIsGod 'good' ending]] of WeUsedToBeFriends. It is also sister to BackInTheSaddle which is about a person who is physically out of the fight, either retired, promotion, or some physical injury inhibiting the person, where as this is about a HeroicBSOD.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a character who has returned from being PutOnABus; in that case, you want TheBusCameBack. This character was never actually "gone", just out of commission until this moment.



[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}} ]]

* An excellent example of this comes from ''Manga/DragonBall Z'', when Goku comes back after his first death. First Nimbus scoops Gohan up right out of the blue. Then everyone turns around to see Goku looking all badass as he's standing a few feet away.
** Cell has a villainous example when he's back as Super Perfect Cell after having been blown to bits by his own TakingYouWithMe technique; Once he's done regenerating, a wind kicks up out of nowhere, blowing sand up and obscuring vision, then lightning starts circling around said obscuring sand, and finally a pointed index finger extends from the sandstorm, firing a ki-attack which nearly [[OneHitKill One Hit Kills]] one of the heroes. The kicker is Cell's nonchalant quote afterwards.
--> *evil chuckle* ''"My aim is as good as ever!"'' *smug laughter* ''"It's so good to be back!"''
** Frieza gets a double-dose of this: first, after his defeat on Namek, he comes to Earth as a cyborg to dole out some vengenace...before being dispatched by Trunks; then a second time in the movie ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', where he's wished back with the Dragon Balls, more dangerous than ever.
* A perfect example of this would be Simon in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', who [[HeroicBSOD completely breaks down]] following [[spoiler:Kamina's death]] only to snap out of it several episodes later in a manner that is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesomeMechaAnime completely and utterly]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesomeMechaAnime awesome]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l__YXXkdpi8 For all those who]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySY7HWYDyZQ wished to be]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrQaHJ74doQ exposed to said awesome, check it out. Warning, spoilers!]]
* After Lelouch lost a critical battle and was rejected by his sister Nunnally early in the second season of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', he abandoned his troops and fell into a deep depression, even resorting to drug use. Later, when the Black Knights' submarine has been surrounded by Britannian Navy vessels and they have all but given up hope, Lelouch shows up with a handheld radio and some marine charts and singlehandedly leads them to victory against the entire Britannian fleet. Oh yeah, he's back.
** Earlier, when he [[spoiler:gets his memories back at the beginning of [=R2=]]], you watch as his Geass comes back into his eye and he repeats the first scene where he got it. He even makes a gloating, [[LargeHam over-the-top]] speech.
* Judai's return to Duel Academia in Season 2 of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' after recovering from the side-effects of a failed mind control spell.
* Shinji of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has at least three such moments. Asuka also has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bpx66Ld-TI major one]] in ''End of Evangelion''. (And if you expect them to subvert the trope, you're right - [[spoiler: she's back, but it still isn't enough; rather than actually ''win'', Asuka merely goes down fighting impossible odds]].)
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'': Abel's self-esteem drops dramatically after he fails to save a colleague (who had just revealed that she was in love with him) from being crushed by rocks in a cathedral collapsed by the bad guys. It gets so bad he completely slides into apathy, convinced that he isn't capable of saving anyone, up to the point when he attempts to quit AX. He shakes it off sharply when he learns that Caterina is now in danger and rushes off to save her.
** It's even better in the novels. After failing to save [[spoiler: Noelle]], Abel disappears for a while, only to reappear in Rome trying to stop the bad guy on his own. After basically quitting AX and rejecting two of his friends, he's confronted by Caterina. The two share a rather touching scene together, during which Caterina reminds him that, when they first met, he said he wanted to save humanity, and that in that struggle, he's not alone (meaning, among others, her). Abel gets his He's Back scene immediately after that.
* After getting beaten to a pulp during his encounter with his brother and having to be bailed out on multiple occasions by his scrappy formerly-underachieving rival, Sasuke is able to regain his badassery after the timeskip of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Unfortunately, it involves him [[FreakOut betraying his friends, defecting from his village]], and [[FaceHeelTurn joining up]] with the BigBad, Orochimaru.
** Actually, this is an inversion, as while Sasuke may figuratively 'come back', he literally LEAVES the team to do so, and the first scene of him afterwards was not him coming back to his team, but his team finding him; so it's less like this trope, and more like 'We found him'.
** Rock Lee in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', after spending an annoying amount of time in the hospital while supporting characters tell him he will never fight again, undergoes dangerous experimental surgery. Pretty much immediately upon recovery he rushes out to save Naruto from Kimimaro, TheDragon of Orochimaru's Sound Five. He does better than the main character, and for a time is able to hold him off and even take the upper hand.
** The Ninja World War arc has seen tons and tons of these, with plenty of dead characters brought back suddenly as zombies (both characters that had been seen previously and even a few who were only known by reputation). Cue mass OhCrap reactions when these zombie-ninjas arrive on the various battlefields.
** In chapter 665, [[spoiler: [[BigBad Obito Uchiha]] betrays Madara]], referring to himself by his true name, and adding that [[spoiler: he's the man who wanted to be Hokage, not Madara.]]
* ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'': Neviril, after mourning Amuria's death for approximately six million episodes.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin recovers from his HeroicBSOD when Tsubame pleads with him to save Yahiko. He races off to do that while an old man (later revealed to be [[spoiler: his father-in-law]]) mentions that a cry for help, not for vengeance, is what spurs him on. He finally arrives and performs the Kuzu-Ryusen to save Yahiko. The good guys arrive, and all see that Kenshin has made his dramatic entrance, with the last bit of dialogue emphasizing ''who'' came back:
-->'''Saitou:''' Battousai.
-->'''Aoshi:''' No.
-->'''Yahiko:''' ''Kenshin.''
* During ''Anime/BloodPlus'', David begins [[DrowningMySorrows drowning his sorrows]] after a major tragedy, but recovers and reverts to his old BadassNormal self when Saya returns.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' Kira Yamato has one of these, gaining a kickass new HumongousMecha and dropping his {{Wangst}} for good.
* Eiji Date from ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' spent ''years'' outside the ring after [[spoiler: horribly losing to the World Champion, suffering several injuries ''and'' seeing his IllGirl wife suffer a ConvenientMiscarriage]]. After [[spoiler: his spouse tells him to try it again one last time]], he returns to the boxing rings ''most amazingly''.
* [[spoiler:Shishioh Gai]] in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar FINAL.'' [[spoiler:After being forced to fight and destroy (clones of, though nobody knew at the time) Mamoru and Galeon, being left to fight alone thanks to the rest of GGG being taken out of commission via chemical warfare, finding Cain (the creator of Galeon and the G-Stones) in league with the enemy, losing to Palparepa, Gaofighgar's destruction, and being forcibly mind-controlled by the Sol Masters to fight his own allies in a replicant Gaofighgar, he had a pretty reasonable HeroicBSoD. Good thing he snapped out of it just in time to become the one force capable of stopping them: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The God of Destruction, Genesic GaoGaiGar!]]]]
** [[spoiler: The Gutsy Geoid Guard]] get one in Episode 34, snapping back from their apparent annihilation by [[spoiler:Pasder and the first three Primevals]] and showing up just in the nick of time to curbstomp ZX-04.
* Vash from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' at least twice he hangs it up, only to come back with basically "I don't have time for this Emo idiocy! I have to save the world!
* Tenma in ''Anime/{{Monster}}''; the series is long enough to provide several instances, but the most moving instance happens at the very end, when, after a long battle of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, he decides to stick to his original principles [[spoiler:and save the life of the man who had put him through living hell]].
* In season 2 of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei is introduced in bad shape, [[DrowningMySorrows drinking heavily]], and acting like a jerkass. He starts to mellow a bit from roughly episode 3 onward, but what seems to mark him as being "back" is regaining his BigEater habits in episode 8 which he had abandoned during his funk, and sticking to his promise to stop drinking.
** And immediately after that he actually [[PermaStubble gets around to shaving]], cuts his hair, and [[spoiler:digs out an IconicItem stash to replace the stuff he lost]]. He's definitely back now.
* Negi in ''MahouSenseiNegima''. During the Eva story arc he runs away, convinced Asuna and the other girls are in danger because of his presence. Meeting up with Kaede changes his mind.
** Negi plays with this trope a lot, three times in the festival {{arc}} [[spoiler: getting freed from the prison, and waking up during the final battle, and after Yue's BrightSlap (although this one is told out of order so its hard to tell he was lost before the ((Hes Back)) moment)]] and many times so far in the current {{arc}} [[spoiler: after getting stabbed though the chest by fate, during the fight with Rakan, the current chapters have one coming if things continue ]]
*** It happened, and it was [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome suitably epic]] for all the build up to it.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo spends the entire Arrancar Arc struggling with his fear of his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide inner Hollow]], falling into despair after he obliterates Ulquiorra and almost kills Uryuu. Gin tells him to run away as he's no longer in any state to fight Aizen. However, Isshin encourages Ichigo to train one last time, which allows Ichigo to confront and reconcile with his inner spirits. Upon returning to the battlefield, Gin acknowledges Ichigo has regained his fighting resolve, and Ichigo then proves it by curb-stomping Aizen.
** During the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo's friends and family are brainwashed against him, and the one ally remaining to him turns on him, stabs him and steals his power. Ichigo is left on his knees, powerless and sobbing. The Shinigami turn up to restore his Shinigami power in the same fashion as Chapter 1. His resolve returns in full force and he thrashes the ArcVillain.
* A villainous version by Envy in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. After he's [[spoiler:reduced to his true powerless form]], May brings him to the underground of Amestris, where they encounter Mannequin Soldiers, mindless humanoid creatures powered by human souls. Envy slips out of [[spoiler:his jar]] and right into the mouth of one of them, who proceeds to swallow him whole. Envy then takes over the creature (while yelling "I'M BACK!"), has it start devouring and assimilating the others, until he has enough energy to morph into his OneWingedAngel form, which then transforms into his default human form. At this point, he lets out a maniacal EvilLaugh and screams "I'M ALIVE AGAIN!!"
** [[spoiler: Lan Fan's]] epic return, complete with [[spoiler:a new, bladed Automail arm]], which she uses in her best impression of a human Cuisinart on [[spoiler: Gluttony.]]
** Performed by Roy Mustang [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version's]] movie, ''[[Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa The Conqueror of Shamballa]]''. After spending the entire movie [[HeroicBSOD moping]] up in the north, he returns to Central [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]] to [[spoiler: save the city and his men from [[StupidJetpackHitler the Thule Society's soldiers]]]].
* Luffy in OnePiece undergoes a TenMinuteRetirement after [[spoiler:Ace dies]]. Jinbe knocks him out of it relatively quickly, and he's back on his feet in no time.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeC1K4dGb80 We Go!]]" is essentially "He's Back: The Song".
** Heck the entire "Reunion at Sabaody" arc might as well be titled "He's Back: The Story Arc" He being the entire Straw Hat Crew.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Ash's Grovyle's evolution into Sceptile coincides with a HeroicBSOD after being [[HeartbrokenBadass rejected by his love interest]], losing his ability to use his attacks. After seeing Ash put himself in mortal peril just to save Sceptile two episodes later, Sceptile regains all his attacks, and uses them to save Ash.
* In ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'' Yuri suffers from a massive HeroicBSOD due to [[spoiler:her partner dying, losing her fight against Cure Dark and losing her powers]]. She easily rebuffs Tsubomi and Erika's attempts to get her to help them and rejects Potpourri's request to be the third Precure. It isn't until [[spoiler:the Great Heart Tree allows her to reunite with her partner's spirit and she asks the tree to restore her powers]] that she comes back and aids the rest of the Precures in style.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Black Star is having trouble coping with his recent losses and not being able to master [[DeadlyUpgrade Shadow Star and the Uncanny Sword mode]], so he and Tsubaki decide to take a leave from school for a bit. Chapters later, during the DWMA's attack on Arachnaphobia at Baba Yaga's Castle, Black Star and Tsubaki arrive on the scene and are told to wait for their cue to head into the battlefield. Instead of waiting, Black Star chooses to enter in a fashion more suited to his style: tearing through the woods at extreme speeds while yelling at the top of his voice, ready to destroy anything in his way.
* In episode 84 of ''Manga/FairyTail'', a heart-to-heart talk with [[spoiler:Happy's parents]] allows Happy and Charle to regain their confidence and their ability to fly.
* Villainous example in Manga/DeathNote. Following a [[spoiler: MemoryGambit that ranks as one of the best in the history of the universe]] Light let's the audience know he's [[JustAsPlanned back on form]].
* [[VisualNovel/SteinsGate "I'll say it once more. I am the mad scientist Hououin Kyouma... and the world is in the palm of my hand!"]]
* Renton Thurston in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. After his FreakOut in Episode 20, which resulted in his HeroicBSOD and Renton thinking [[spoiler: [[PoorCommunicationKills Eureka and most of the crew hated him]], leaves the Gekkostate in Episode 21]]. This moment comes around Episode 26.
* After getting sidelined in the second episode of ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', [[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi and the Great Mazinger]] return in style for the finale, rescuing the members of the Photon Power Plant from a massive MechanicalMonster with a ''Double Thunder Break''.
* In Light novel Vol. 8/Episode 7 of the second season of LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex Accelerator gets one of these. After being shot in the head and hospitalized, ending up with severe brain damage in Vol.5, he comes back to [[CurbStompBattle mop the floor]] with Awaki Musujime, showing that he's still the strongest in Academy City. You can see the scene [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pREOMmhHyU8 here]].
--> '''Accelerator''' "But you see, just because I'm weaker, doesn't mean that you're stronger, does it?!"
* In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', Vivio suffers from RedemptionDemotion, due to her inner injuries she received during her fight against her [[ActionMom Nanoha-mama]] in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', thus making her a HandicappedBadass. Her Adult Mode is notably weaker than her Sankt Kaiser Mode, as it lacks the [[AntiMagic Anti-Magic Field]] and strength. The result is that Vivio loses to opponents she wouldn't lose normally. [[spoiler:However, after training with Nanoha for her second rematch with [[TheRival Einhard]], Vivio retains her Sankt Kaiser Mode and [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] Einhard.]]
** Way back in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the first season]], there was [[DarkMagicalGirl Fate]] recovering from her HeroicBSOD. Complete with a ThemeMusicPowerup being sung by [[Creator/NanaMizuki her voice actress]].
* Robin gets one ''Manga/OnePiece'' at the end of the Eneis Lobby arc when she [[KickTheSonOfABitch snaps Spandam's spine in two like a twig]] after spending 40+ chapters at his mercy.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Due to his crippling defeat at the hands of Bane, Franchise/{{Batman}} was relegated to a wheelchair. Following his recovery and [[TrainingFromHell regaining of his old martial arts skills]], he finally regained his confidence and put on the batsuit again.
-->'''Robin''': Welcome back.\\
'''Batman''': A little premature, Robin. I won't really be back until I've retaken Gotham...and that battle starts ''now''!
* Tony Stark, aka ComicBook/IronMan, had the "Demon in a Bottle" story arc where he developed and then suppressed his alcoholism. Years later in the Obadiah Stane Saga, he had a major relapse in which his alcoholism increased more and more, leading to him dumping the suit and handing it over to Jim Rhodes and Obadiah Stane taking over his company. Eventually he sobered up, manned the hell up, then suited up, proceeded to take back his company, and then face off against Stane in his Iron Monger battlesuit, intending to kill him, but Stane committed suicide so that Tony would be robbed of any "real" victory.
* Of course, Dan and Laurie in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' went through this kind of character arc throughout the events leading up to "Necropolis" and the aftermath of those events.
* After the events of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' the ComicBook/ElongatedMan became "Un-Elongated" and began to verge closer and closer to despair and insanity. In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' he gets involved in the Cult of Connor and seems to step ''over'' the edge of insanity, he [[DrowningMySorrows begins to perpetually carry a flask]] and [[BeardOfSorrow lets his personal hygiene fade away]], but in the climax of his personal story [[spoiler: he reveals that he knew Felix Faust had been manipulating him the whole time and had actually been manipulating ''him'']]. For the first time in weeks Ralph Dibny is clean shaven and wearing a neat suit and tie and reveals that ''everything'' has gone according to ''his'' [[ThanatosGambit plan]].
* ComicBook/ScottPilgrim's Finest Hour gives us the page picture: After [[spoiler:Ramona leaves]] Scott is an absolute wreck and withdraws from everyone and pretty much gives up on life... but after Gideon shows up in town Scott takes a wilderness sabbatical to visit Kim [[spoiler:who reveals that Scott's been a real bastard in his relationships. As if that wasn't enough Scott encounters his evil clone Negascott, who turns out to be the negative memories of his past. After merging with him]] Scott's better than ever and ready to finish what he started and... Well, see the page picture.
* ''ComicBook/DaredevilBornAgain'' has this when the Kingpin, knowing that Matt Murdock, whose life he completely ruined, sends the SuperSoldier lunatic, Nuke, to attack Hell's Kitchen. As the maniac is laying waste to the slum, he is struck with a billy club as it ricochets back to Daredevil. There, back in costume after so long and framed by the flames, Matt is ready to show the monster that there will be the devil to pay for all the harm he caused that night!
* A truly epic example in ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' where Batman comes out of retirement after 10 years and [[BadassGrandpa is around his 60s.]] What we get are panels of him warring on horrified criminals, news reporters talking about a man dressed like a bat kicking the asses of criminals all over the city, among other reactions. And this is all in his first night back.
-->'''Reporter:''' Police phone lines are jammed with citizens describing what appears to be a siege on Gotham's underworld... by the Batman.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman abandons humanity for ten years in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' because he feels that society has become morally degraded beyond repair. When he finally makes a comeback, the first thing he does is rescue a cablecar full of civilians from warring gangs of vigilantes. The narrator puts the scene best:
--->And suddenly, there was a wind. No, not a wind. A blur of motion, bending the steel of their weapons and changing the very course of the mighty river below. Even before the bystanders freed themselves from the cablecar, they knew. We all did. We knew... and remembered.\\
'''Bystander:''' [[MythologyGag Look! Up in the sky!]]
** ''[[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Reign of the Supermen]]'': The ''real'' Supes emerges from a robot, with an all-black suit (and silver logo), long hair, and tells his friends, "Donít let the costume fool you. Iím Superman - and Iím ''back''."
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Post-Crisis Kara]] wanted to give up on being Supergirl after the destruction of ''Comicbook/NewKrypton'', but she donned her hero costume again to save Metropolis from ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}.
** At the end of the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline, Kara -who had previously quit, left Earth and joined the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern Corps]]- becomes Supergirl again, and decides to return to Earth and protect the planet.
* ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'': Barbara Gordon gave up on being Batgirl after the Joker shot her and left her with waist-down paralysis. After several years in comic time (twenty-three years in real time), [[ComicBook/Batgirl2011 Barbara regained the use of her legs and became Batgirl again]].
* ''Comicbook/TheJoker'':
** An interesting case of a hero's return causing a villain's return occurs in any number of the times the Batman has "died", causing the Joker to go temporarily sane or catatonic. Which always reverses itself upon Batman having his own He's Back moment.
** After a year-long absence he returned in ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', to the horror of Gotham. His first act is an assault on the GCPD resulting in the murder of 19 officers.
** And as of the ''ComicBook/BatmanEndgame'' arc, after having been absent for two whole years (not counting a revised origin story in ''ComicBook/BatmanZeroYear''), Joker is back in town.
* Cobra Commander has a pretty big one in the Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} ''ComicBook/{{GI Joe|A Real American Hero Marvel}}'' series, in issue 98. [[spoiler:He'd been [[InTheBack shot in the back]], [[BuriedAlive buried in a shallow grave]] and LeftForDead while Fred VII, the man who shot him, [[DeadPersonImpersonation masqueraded as Cobra Commander]]. Fortunately for the real Commander, it was standard Crimson Guard policy to have Siegies spy on each other, and Fred VIII rescued him and got him to a Cobra doctor - another Fred - in time. Then, the Commander simply bided his time until he was ready to come back to Cobra Island and clean house]].
* Princess Sally Acorn gets her moment in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' issue # 178. As Sally, Bunnie and Antoine are reminiscing of the past, Antoine mentioning his old cowardly ways and Bunnie's reassurance makes Sally remember her old times as leader of the Freedom Fighters. Tired of her angst and moping, Sally asks if Bunnie remembers her old dream of being the royal hairdresser. A few pages later, Sally leads both the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix in chasing off Dr. Eggman and his Egg Beater robot, finally throwing herself out of {{Chickification}} and back into ActionGirl status.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica does this following his death and in style: leading both the Registration and Renegade Avengers against the Red Skull, barking orders out as if nothing went wrong, then, finally, showing the rest of America that, yes, he's back.
* In Issue #30 of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'', Doc Ock comes to realize that his arrogance has always been his downfall and that the reason why Peter was such a hero was because he had the same intelligence, but because it came at such a high price he continued to sabotage himself so he wouldn't fall for it. [[spoiler:He decides that Peter is the true Superior Spider-Man, restores Pete's memories and destroys his own, asking Peter to rescue Anna Maria from the Goblin King. Peter's response? He grabs his old red and blues, ditches Ock's costume and declares "My turn."]]
* At the start of the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic "The Blood of Azrael", the Doctor is sulking over having lost the TARDIS in the previous story, and refuses to engage with the problem, even though Clara is doing her best to help. Halfway through part two, they end up at a hospital where the Doctor gets roused enough to stop an alien child getting inappropriate treatment. The child gives him a hug and says "You're a good doctor", and the next panel has him bounding towards Clara, talking nineteen-to-the-dozen about their next move.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', [[spoiler:Hit-Girl, having spent the first four issues of Volume 2 trying to be normal, steals a cop's gun & guns down Red Mist's [[{{Mook}} Mooks]] after they set-off a bomb & kidnap Dave at his father's funeral]].
* After the events of ''ComicBook/BatmanEndgame'', Bruce Wayne had been living with no memory of his time as Batman, with Alfred telling Superman and the rest of the Bat-family to leave him be. However, a combination of rescuing [[ComicBook/WeAreRobin one of the Robin Movement kids]] and an encounter [[spoiler:with a possibly healed Joker]] results in him starting to remember everything. However, it's Mister Bloom's rampage and having a child center he worked on explode thanks to an infected kid that leads Bruce to return to the manor, confront Alfred and tell his loyal butler the five words he did ''not'' want to hear: '''''Take me to my Cave.'''''
* At the end of the ComicBook/{{New 52}}'s ''Comicbook/SecretSix'' #12, [[spoiler: Ralph Dibny, still in his Damon Wells/Big Shot persona, discovers Sue has her memory back and is waiting for him. The final page is a splash panel of the first New 52 appearance of the World Famous Comicbook/ElongatedMan]].
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': [[BigBad Megatron]], after having a HeelRealization and renouncing violence, is cornered with the rest of the cast by the [[StateSec Decepticon]] [[CreateYourOwnVillain Justice]] [[TortureTechnician Division]], and opts out of the fighting, leaving the rest of the cast to fight without him afraid that if he started fighting, he'd never stop. Then Ravage gets killed, and the Heroes are on their last legs. And suddenly, there's a massive explosion and Megatron comes out of the dust, Fusion Cannon in hand, ready to save the day.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* At the end of the first chapter of ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'', Firefly returns to Equestria to help in defending it from the griffin invasion. Granted, she also has a [[ItsPersonal personal motive]] for coming back.
** Rainbow Dash returns to action in Chapter Twelve (after suffering a HeroicBSOD) in a glorious fashion.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': After being put through the wringer in Part 2, Asuka ran away in chapter 13. She returned in chapter 15 thanks to Shinji's intervention, and according [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/2056810/017/ Misato]] she was totaly rebuilt, free from her latest traumas and looking better than ever.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'':
** After the dummy plugs were tested successfully Shinji believed he was no longer needed and he was free to start his own life far from NERV, so he left. However, when Zeruel came along and started to blast Tokyo-3, Shinji returned to fight it.
** In chapter 48 Asuka finally recovers from her breakdown. When she appears in the battlefield, riding her giant robot and surrounded by enemies and destruction, she says:
--->''"I'm back."''
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'' has several examples:
** First, Rainbow Dash [[spoiler: breaks free of the [[MindRape Insanity]] and Nihilus' mind control in order to save Pinkie Pie from falling to her death. In the process, she performs a Sonic Rainboom that restores her fur and mane to their normal color (which had previously been turned [[PaintItBlack black and white]], respectively, by Nihilus' spell)]].
** Then, Twilight Sparkle [[spoiler: -- who had previously had her mind [[SplitPersonality split]] and been reduced to an unstable ActualPacifist by the trauma of being turned into Nihilus -- is [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] by [[BigBad Titan]], which causes her personalities to reintegrate. She pulls a MyNameIsInigoMontoya and proceeds to annihilate Titan's forces, personally leading the charge in the FinalBattle]].
** Then, [[spoiler: Princess Celestia, who spent most of the story BroughtDownToNormal and being tortured by Terra, has her power restored by the Elements of Harmony. She chases Terra back to Canterlot and joins in the final duel with Titan]].
** During the second Battle of Ponyville, [[spoiler: ''all'' of the Mane Six get a variant of this, as they manage to reignite the neutralized Elements of Harmony and even the playing ground with Terra]].
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', there's a villainous variant with [=ProtoMan=] in Episode Eleven.
** Mega Man himself does the same one chapter later.
* ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'' has this in the Arc Three finale, as Robert lets go of his hatred.
* ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** This happens to Twilight in the [[BadFuture Dark World]] when she finally frees herself from Discord's control [[spoiler:with the help of Cadence's spirit]], followed up with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
** Happens again shortly after when Applejack[=/=]Liarjack is likewise freed of Discord's control thanks to a VisionQuest and help from [[spoiler: Applebloom's spirit and [[GodOfGood The Father of Alicorns]]]]. Like Twilight, she gives an impressive WorldOfCardboardSpeech, which ends with a BadassBoast promise to go after Discord.
** Rainbow Dash's comes a bit later. Unlike the others, after she's freed from Discord's control, she's suffered so much emotional and mental suffering, she's left [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]], going into a DeepSleep to repair her damaged soul. She finally wakes up and flies towards Discord's palace to help the others [[spoiler:arriving just in time to pull a BigDamnHeroes and save the heroes from Odyne!Cruelty's Mega Stare, ultimately reigniting her Element of Loyalty so the group can defeat her.]]
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': After [[spoiler:being {{Mind Rape}}d by Arael]] Asuka thinks she is a worthless failure and a bratty girl who never deserved to have powers and decides to quit being a super-heroine. However, when the next Angel attacks, she dons her ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' costume again, joins the battle and blows Armisael up. After that, she decides that she will not give up again.
* Paul breaks out of his DrowningMySorrows ďDepression EraĒ when he finally gets his magic in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. He is imbued with it when he is [[MadeOfDiamond turned into a diamond statue]], then blown up and reformed. Though he's a bit dismayed to discover that he's been BlessedWithSuck and now has PowerIncontinence.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' / ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' crossover ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8014677/1/Friendship_Is_Magic_Prime_Act_II Friendship Is Magic: Prime: Act II]]'', Discord comes to Earth, Discords nearly everybody, and takes over. Megatron, one of the only sane individuals left, attempts to form an EnemyMine with Optimus Prime to stop him, but Optimus has been Discorded and doesn't care anymore. Megatron angrily gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and tries to stop Discord on his own. Megatron's words, along with [[spoiler: Miko's sketchbook, which details all their past adventures]], help remind Optimus of his reason to fight. He shakes off the brainwashing and returns to the battle.
-->'''Optimus Prime''': Discord! I have seen through your ruse, and will tolerate your treachery and deceit ''no'' more!
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' has an antagonist variation when Trixie pulls herself together after Sonata's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to pull an EnemyMine. The trial's MundaneMadeAwesome levels are particularly strong here.
-->'''Trixie:''' You need to be taught some manners, you impudent hussy! Nopony, and I mean NOPONY, disrespects the GREAT and POWERFUL Trixie!\\
'''Sonata:''' This is exactly why she shouldn't be prosecuting...
* Naruto in ''Escape from The Hokage's Hat''. After spending 20 chapters on the sidelines and Tsunade reworking his lackluster skills from scratch (both due to a GameBreakingInjury), he finally gets his time to shine. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And shine he does ladies and gentlemen.]]
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', the Call sparks something in Robert Baratheon, starting to bring back the energetic, powerful man of action he was before the Rebellion.
* In ''Fanfic/TheGodSquad'', the second season opens with Tydal having renounced violence and become a pacifist. He is seconds away from enlightenment when Celestia (who is his adopted daughter in this reality) is attacked and, for the first time in the story, calls him 'daddy'. He instantly goes on a literal roaring rampage, taking out the attacker in brutal fashion and telling all the rest gathered that he will kill anyone who touches his children. Celestia invokes this trope, crying out that he's back.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle finally acknowledges her true self and breaks out of the Smarty Pants identity she's withdrawn into during her thousand years of imprisonment, an act which forces ''Reality itself'', and all of the Powers, to take notice of the event.]]
* Brock in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' suffers pretty bad [[spoiler: after his parents die]], which affects his performance as a Gym Leader and puts him at risk of getting his Gym shut down. However, after he meets [[spoiler: Pike Queen Lucy]], she offers to train him to get back to his game. Not only he improves his winning rate to over 90% in half a month, but the two [[OfficialCouple eventually start dating and become engaged.]]
* After [[TheDeterminator driving himself well past his limits]] to the point of nearly killing himself and being pretty much DrivenToMadness, Stephen Strange of ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'' at first seems almost broken by the end of the ''Forever Red'' arc in the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past.'' But after some time and medical attention and the immediate crisis has been averted, he does some explaining of what has been happening and (part of) his plans for what's happening next.
-->"For the first time in a while, [[GrinOfAudacity that wicked little smile, the one that said that its owner had it all worked out and that, moreover, if you were in his way, you were beyond screwed, spread itself across his face.]] And if any of the assembled wicked witches and wizards, demons, dark lords, and darker gods that menaced Earth had been there to see it, they would have shuddered.\\
Doctor Strange was back."

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Mr. Incredible from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' fits the trope very well. And, by extension, Elastigirl and Frozone.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'': After [[BigBad Darla]]'s manipulations get all the animals fired from Mammoth Studios, Danny gives up completely and decides to just get on the bus back to Kokomo. However, after listening to the bus driver's negative comments on how animals would never reach the top and seeing all of the other animals suffering on the streets, he quickly regains his confidence and gets off the bus, triumphantly declaring, "See you in the movies!"
* Happens at the end of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' when Po returns from [[spoiler: near-death and learning the truth about his DarkAndTroubledPast]] for the final confrontation with [[BigBad Lord Shen]].
* [[Disney/TheLionKing "The king...has returned."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Europe's Most Wanted'': Vitaly the tiger has been in a deep depression ever since he [[spoiler:was badly burned during his ring-jumping act]], bringing down the morale of the whole circus with him. After a pep talk from Alex [[spoiler:and with the help of nonflamable hair conditioner,]] he makes his big comeback and helps make the circus successful again.
* "You dare challenge ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''?"
* [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas "I AM the Pumpkin King!"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', the eternally optimistic Buster Moon is crushed into a HeroicBSOD after [[spoiler: his beloved theatre is destroyed]]. However, when he hears the usually stage-shy Meena singing beautifully, it inspires him to get back on his feet, and he organizes the other performers to [[spoiler: rebuild the theatre's stage]] and put on a comeback performance so that all their hard work won't have been for nothing. [[spoiler: This ends up getting them the money needed to rebuild the theatre.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/Cars3'': Lightning [=McQueen=] has spent most of the movie in a funk trying to build up speed to beat the new generation Jackson Storm and move past his horrible crash. He's been training with his [[MasterApprenticeChain mentor's mentor]] Smokey and practice racing against his younger trainer Cruz as practice. [[spoiler: It's harshly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when even with all of the training throughout the film, Lightning can't catch up to his trainer in their final practice run. He's noticeably shaken afterwards and struggles through thanking everyone for mentoring him.]]
** [[spoiler: This is played straight however after the final race after Cruz takes over for him midway through and wins. Since he started the race and she finished it under his number, he is considered a winner along with Cruz and decides to keep racing and becomes her personal mentor.]]

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'':
--> '''Spider-Man:''' ([[spoiler: After months of mourning Gwen Stacy's death.]]) Hey, Spider-Man. Thanks for stepping up for me.
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'': Ron, after being fired, becomes a mess, grows a beard and starts drinking. He cleans up well, though.
** In ''Wake Up Ron Burgundy'', the DTV movie made up of deleted scenes from ''Anchorman'', Brick Tamland snaps out of his idiocy to bark out a series of Vietnam-style attack orders, prompting Ron to remark, "Looks like the Captain's back!"
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' uses a fairly innocuous "we're back" conversation (from one of the least stressful time travels in the movie) in the trailer to announce the return of the movie series itself.
* In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', Jim was the fastest gun in the West, but the stress of having every gunslinger coming for him (culminating in getting shot in the hinder by a little kid) left him with shattered confidence, a shaky hand, and a drinking problem. When he comes back better than ever, he sits tall in his saddle and confidently shoots the guns out of everybody's hands, so fast that you never see his gun leave its holster.
* ''Film/TheColorOfMoney''. Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) was forced to stop hustling at the end of ''The Hustler'' -- by the end of ''The Color of Money'', Felson has a CrowningMomentOfAwesome as he declares, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=730Q-baXOhE Hey, I'm BACK!]]"
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', this happens twice, first when Batman returns after the stock market is hacked, then after Bruce escapes the HellholePrison he was put in following his CurbStompBattle with Bane.
-->'''Bane:''' So, you came [[BackForTheDead back to die]] with your city!
-->'''Batman:''' No. [[EpiphanyComeback I came back]] [[FinalBattle to stop you.]]
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', after insisting that ThatManIsDead, Vlad reverts back to the savage killer "Lord Impaler" to slay the Ottoman soldiers sent to take his son. He even manages to kill the last one via ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* ''Film/TheExpendables2'' has Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger come out of a car and yell "I'm BACK!" as a MythologyGag to his famous quote from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films.
* Peter Venkman speaks for the whole team after catching the ghosts in the courtroom scene of ''Film/GhostbustersII'', with this BadassBoast:
-->'''Venkman:''' We're the best Ö we're the beautiful Ö we're the only Ö Ghostbusters!
-->'''Ray Stanz:''' We're back!
** Janine also gets to say it triumphantly as the music kicks in and the guys return to business, confirming "yes, we're back!" on the phone.
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' is the Peter Pan edition of this trope.
-->'''Peter Pan:''' Pan the Avenger is back.
-->'''Captain Hook:''' And the Hook is waiting.
* The last half-hour or so of ''Film/HotFuzz''.
* Film/JohnWick left his life as a hitman to get married. Okay. His wife dies of illness. Shit happens. Mafiya boss' son destroys Mrs. Wick's parting gift to John, and steals his car. Wick responds by digging up all his old hitman gear and going after the fucker who did it, taking down a sizable criminal syndicate in the process. We can all agree with Winston, the owner of The Continental, that HesBack.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' has Aragorn doubting himself not wanting to deal with the pressure of being a king. Elrond shakes him out of it and he saves the day with his awesome influence.
* ''Film/MajorLeague'': In the second movie, Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn adopts a "corporate" image thanks to his new girlfriend and publicist, Rebecca Flannery. This includes him wearing suits and doing a commercial for Right Guard Sport Stick at a country club. He also gets rid of his trademark haircut from the first film. Unfortunately, his performance suffers as a result and he's eventually relegated to the bullpen and faces mockery from the fans and press. In the final game of the ALCS, Taylor , filling in for Lou as manager, signals for Vaughn to pitch in the final inning. Just before he comes out, Vaughn, off screen, finally tells off the obnoxious Indians fan who had been pestering him and insulting him throughout the film. The fan sees that "Wild Thing" has returned before we do and immediately shuts his mouth. Afterwards, he comes out of the bullpen wearing his leather vest from the original. Once people notice that "Wild Thing" has returned, the song "Wild Thing" is played over the stadium's P.A. system as Vaughn walks to the mound, recreating the scene from the first film. Vaughn then pitches while wearing his skull and crossbones glasses that he hadn't worn in the second film up to that point. All of this leads to him showing that he's gotten his intensity back and now remembers how to throw a fastball after apparently having forgotten how to do so.
-->'''Phelps:''' Oh no! Not that damn song again!
* ''Film/TheMask'' does this toward the end.
* At the end of ''Film/MenInBlack'', Kay [[spoiler:retires and wipes his memory]]. In ''Film/MenInBlackII'', he returns, and after being de-neuralyzed, he shoots an alien in the head (a RunningGag since [[spoiler:that particular alien can grow it back]]) leading Jay to say "You're back." Kay, however, insists he isn't, [[DoubleSubversion until he goes outside into the alien neighborhood and begins understanding]].
* A fairly brief one after [[LargeHam Barbossa's]] [[HeroicBSOD uncharacteristic silence]] following [[spoiler:Calypso's refusal to aid the pirates]] during the final battle of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'':
--> '''Elizabeth:''' Captain Barbossa! We need you at the helm!
--> *beat*
--> '''Barbossa:''' *[[CharacterTics eyes widen]]* Aye, that be true!
* ''Film/TheReturnOfCaptainInvincible''. The title says it all, really.
* This trope is basically ''Film/RockyIII'' in a nutshell.
* From the [[Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld film adaptation]] of ''Scott Pilgrim''. After [[spoiler: his band sells out and he dies at the hands of Gideon Graves [[JerkAss (though he sort of deserved it)]], he mans up, uses the 1-up he received during the twins battle, and marches back in for take two: smashing the bouncer, snapping Ramona out of her trance, and tag teaming with Knives to bring Gideon down]].
* This moment in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'':
-->'''M:''' Where the ''hell'' have you been?
-->'''James Bond:''' [[HeroicBSOD Enjoying death.]] 007 reporting for duty.
* ''Film/SpiderMan2'' does it with Spidey (who starts losing his powers due to stress). In fact, the Daily Bugle announced his return in [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9y6dbNcRw1rc2lkjo1_1280.jpg its headline with the exact trope name]].
** There's also the third movie where he dons his trademark red and blue suit again for the first time since ditching the black one.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''
** In ''Film/SupermanII'' when Superman [[spoiler: regains his powers after giving them up to live a normal life with Lois]].
** ''Film/SupermanIII'' also does this when Superman [[spoiler: is exposed to synthetic kryptonite, causing him to make a FaceHeelTurn. The krytponite eventually splits him into Clark Kent and the evil Superman in a junkyard. After a long battle, Clark eventually triumphs and the evil Superman disappears. Clark then rips open his shirt to reveal iconic "S" shield and once again dons the Superman costume, his first order of business to undo the damage his evil self had caused, as the theme music thunders to life.]] This is probably the only truly great moment in a movie that is mediocre at best.
** This is pretty much the whole point of ''Film/SupermanReturns''. The part of the soundtrack when he steps onto the plane to make sure everyone is alright, after five years of absence, is even titled "He's Back".
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'', Leonardo announces "It's time to go ''back''" after he and the the other turtles receive a final message from Splinter via AstralProjection.
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', the eponymous god has spent the bulk of the movie depowered by Odin to learn a lesson. He proves he learned that lesson when [[spoiler:he lets the Destroyer [[HeroicSacrifice kill him]] to save his friends]]. At that moment, Mjolnir flies to his hand, breaking the sound barrier in the process, and by the time the dust clears he's back in action and a CurbStompBattle ensues.
** In the sequel, ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', having hit rock bottom and suffered a serious breakdown after [[spoiler: Frigga]] is killed, [[spoiler: Loki]] sacrifices himself to help Thor stop Malekith. But after Thor confronts Odin and renounces his claim to the throne, [[spoiler: Odin turns out to be a satisfied Loki in disguise]].
** In the second sequel, ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', during the final battle, Thor is being badly beaten and pinned down by his [[CainAndAbel older sister Hela]], after spending most of the movie BroughtDownToBadass and having to rely on his combat training after Hela shattered his hammer Mjölnir, his primary weapon. But then he sees a vision of Odin reminding him that he's the god of ''thunder'', not the god of hammers, and is able to finally fully harness and use his ShockAndAwe abilities without his hammer, using these powers to blast Hela with a huge bolt of lightning and take down dozens of undead mooks, immediately turning the tide of the battle in his and his allies' favor.
* ''Film/TopGun'' ("Maverick is re-engaging!")
* And ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', given as it's essentially a remake of the above...
* Played with in the Music/WeirdAlYankovic movie Film/{{UHF}} with ''Gandhi II''.
--> "He's back! And this time, he's mad!"
* ''Film/TheWaterboy'':
--> "Remember the time Bobby Boucher showed up at halftime and the Mud Dogs won the Bourbon Bowl, do ya?"
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' Eddie Valiant has this moment when he decides to finally put the past behind him and go back into Toontown to look for Jessica (who he believes has just killed R.K. Maroon). When he takes out his own toon-style revolver and the toon bullets ask him where he's been, he simply responds, "Drunk". (And to drive this home, he's about to drink from a bottle, but then changes his mind, throws it in the air, and uses the gun to shoot it.)
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':\\\
[[spoiler:Magneto, with his power, and Xavier alive again in the stinger.]]\\\
Also when Logan figures out how his healing power was suppressed and manages to regain it all, turning him back into the the near-unstoppable fighter he is.
** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', [[spoiler: after receiving a pep talk from his future self,]] Charles finally pulls himself out of his depression and is able to use his powers to their fullest extent.

* Sam Vimes, after [[TenMinuteRetirement reluctantly retiring]], and then giving into despair and falling OffTheWagon halfway through ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', returns to the Watch for the finale, as signalled by his demanding someone give him a helmet.
-->"Right ... helmet ... sword ... badge ... ''Now'' ..."
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has [[spoiler: [[GuileHero Tyrion]] [[MagnificentBastard Lannister]]]]. He reaches his lowest point when [[spoiler: he's being auctioned off as an amusement at a slave market after a truly terrible TraumaCongaLine.]] By the next time we see him he's [[spoiler: worked himself into a position of power with one of the most powerful mercenary groups on the continent.]] There is no specific moment when he revives himself, but there is no doubt that the series' EnsembleDarkHorse extraordinaire is back on track.
** Another example is [[spoiler: Davos Seaworth,]] who [[spoiler: has been completely broken by the disaster at the Battle of Blackwater,]] but once he drags himself back he is as loyal and resourceful as he's ever been.
** [[spoiler: Stannis]] himself [[spoiler: following his defeat on the Blackwater]] seems to have been knocked out of the game. His appearance [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes at the Wall]]]] proves there's life in him yet.
** [[spoiler: Cersei]] could be a villainous example. The HumiliationConga at the hands of the [[ChurchMilitant High Septon]] seems to have broken her, but the last chapter we get from her perspective ends with a return of her old confidence.
** [[spoiler: Varys]] disappeared for quite a long time and apparently fled, but his one reappearance at the end of ADWD proves in truly spectacular fashion that he is still a force to be feared.
** [[spoiler: Theon Greyjoy]] gets horribly tortured until he forgets who he really is and thinks he's just a servant named Reek. He eventually manages to regain his identity. One day, he prays, and in response hears a voice whisper his real name, cheering him up greatly and he casts aside the Reek identity permanently.
* In the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''A Deeper Blue'', Mike snaps out of his funk when he learns that an operation has GoneHorriblyWrong.
* In [[Literature/NewJediOrder Destiny's Way]] Admiral Ackbar comes out of retirement to effectively run the Republic Navy, in a reference to the Churchill example below, the Fleet sends out the message "Ackbar is back", and the cheering goes on for more than an hour.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', after Karyl has a prolonged period of non-communication and complete self-loathing, he's brought back by combination of Rob pushing him to start acting again, Melodía lending him a shoulder to cry on and Karyl himself finally opening to other people. We learn that he's back when provides Jaume's side with TheCavalry in form of ''Triceratopses''.
* Literature/TheDresdenFiles:
** In ''Cold Days'', Harry finally returns to Chicago after more than a year [[spoiler: dead]] and recovering (it's a long story) and immediately proceeds to go out there and fight one magical bad guy, who nearly craps his pants when he realizes that, yes, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is back.
** In ''Skin Game'', [[ThePaladin Michael Carpenter]] is now a RetiredBadass, following [[spoiler: his injury on Demonreach]]. When Nicodemus presents him with a SadisticChoice, Michael agrees to swap himself for his friends. But then Butters runs around the corner with Michael's old sword ''Amoracchius,'' and [[spoiler: Uriel loans Michael his Grace, temporarily healing Michael's injury.]]
--->'''Michael:''' I said I would come out to you. [Kicks down the garden door] I'm out. ''In nominae dei,'' Nicodemus, I have come to face you.
*** Cue total OhCrap moment from Nicodemus.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s [[LargeHam Q]] celebrates regaining [[RealityWarper his powers]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke_AkJC92IA predictable fashion.]]
--> '''Picard''': I suppose that is the end of Q.
--> '''Q''': Au contraire Mon Capitaine! HE'S BACK! *cue mariachi band*
** There's also the first season episode "The Neutral Zone", the first time that the Romulans appear in this series. An investigation into several destroyed outposts leads to a confrontation with a Romulan ship, the first time the Federation has encountered them in many years. Very little is actually accomplished, but the Romulan captain makes an ominous statement before leaving: "We're back."
* This happens to Reese in one episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Malcolm decks him with a single punch after finally being pushed too far, causing him to behave submissively for much of the episode. At last, however, Reese intervenes when an old woman attempts to bully Malcolm and Dewey.
--> '''Malcolm''': All right, Reese is back! \\
'''Reese''': Do you want to take your teeth out before we start this, grandma?\\
'''Malcolm''': Oh no, Reese is back!
* Eric Camden's return to the clergy in ''Series/SeventhHeaven''.
* Josh got his when he turned a political defeat into a resounding victory at the same time in ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "Shutdown".
** The President got his in the first season episode "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet", when he endangered his own re-election to take a stand on issues like campaign finance reform.
* Over the course of its fourth season, ''everyone'' in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' went through one of these.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had several:
** The very first episode, deciding to resume slaying after it had gotten her kicked out of her previous school.
** Then again in "Prophecy Girl" (season 1 finale) when she heads out to fight the Master after initially being terrified by the prophecy that the fight will kill her.
** At the beginning of season 3 ("Anne") a brief trip to hell reminds her of her purpose, and she returns to Sunnydale. This after getting kicked out of her house and killing her boyfriend in the season 2 finale, at the start of the episode she is hiding out in LA waiting tables.
** "Beer Bad" near the beginning of Season four shows Buffy finding her power again after four episodes of being put way off-balance by College.
** When Spike discovers he can hurt demons, he promptly cuts loose and beats the shit out of one.
--> '''Spike:''' That's right! I'm back, and I'm a BLOODY ANIMAL! ''YEAH!!''
** "Primeval" at the end of season four has Buffy (plus a few other people) destroying the season's big bad after several losing battles that had pretty well convinced her she couldn't win against it.
** The beginning of the season 5 finale, "The Gift" has Buffy stepping up to the plate and deciding to go out fighting after spending most of the previous episode catatonic, mentally reliving over and over the moment she gave up on defeating Glory.
** Subverted in ''Bargaining, Part II'' when a traumatised Buffy starts kicking demon ass, causing her friends who are worried that she CameBackWrong to think the old Buffy has returned. Instead she's just acting on instinct -- Buffy runs away leaving her friends alone with the demon leader and tries to commit suicide.
** Subverted in Season 6 in general; it takes most of the season for Buffy to recover from her depression over having been wrenched back into the real world.
** After spending most of the second half of Season 7 in denial about all the people she was going to lose going up against the First, "Touched" has her deposed as leader of the potentials and kicked out of her own house by her sister, until Spike pulls her together and she decides she's going to take the Scythe from Caleb.
** Spike also has one in "Get it Done" when he puts on Nikki's leather duster again for the first time after his re-ensoulment and heads out to kill the demon.
* Anubis "Doggy" Cruger in the ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' episode "Shadow".
** [[TheSixthRanger Tommy Oliver]] in the first and second seasons when he left the team. The way he played up his last days both times was pretty depressing, leading one to assume he might have stumbled into a heroic ditch...
** Jason returning to become the Gold Ranger in [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]] was just as surprising as it was was welcome.
*** Also Tommy's big return in Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder as TheMentor and TeamDad.
* Jack Bauer has undergone several such occurrences during ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24's]]'' run, including the murder of his wife, a heroin addiction, and spending two years in a Chinese gulag.
** [[Series/TwentyFour 24]] pulled off one of the best Hes Back moments in the first episode of season 2 when Jack Bauer overcomes his grief following the events of season 1 and sets about saving the world again. Epitomized in the scene where a disheveled Bauer gets a shave and a haircut and once again looks like the official badass he is.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'' had several of these: after Sully's battle with alcoholism in Season 4, and after Faith and Bosco got shot in Seasons 5 and 6 respectively and had to take a few months off work.
* Series/{{Angel}} in "Epiphany" and again in "You're Welcome", though the second one doesn't become clear until some episodes later.
** Wesley slowly returned to the Fang Gang after he [[spoiler: had his throat cut]]. There isn't a particular moment, though. He's back all the way by the beginning of season 5.
* Oddly, ''Series/SportsNight'' attempted to do this with Casey in the very first episode. Unfortunately, this causes new viewers to think Casey is just a JerkAss until the very end of the episode.
* Garibaldi at the beginning of season 2 of ''Series/BabylonFive''. He gets [[spoiler:shot in the back and left to die by his own second-in-command, in process foiling his chance to save the President from assassination]], spends several episodes in a coma, is only brought out by use of a wacky alien healing device, and then is in his room [[spoiler:contemplating suicide]] because he thinks of himself as a failure. Then he overhears a crisis, figures out where the bad guys have stashed Ivanova, brazens his way into the room, and proceeds to kick ass. Yup, he's back.
** Captain Sheridan does this during the beginning of season 4 after turning up during a major attempt to break up the coalition the Babylon 5 crew had created and run from a war against two major races. [[spoiler: In addition to this, he was actually dead at the time.]]
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Tim [=McManus=]' return as Unit Manager of Em City (after having being fired after a series of personal and professional humiliations) is actually announced by him saying "[[Film/{{Poltergeist}} I'm baaaaak!]]"
* At the end of season one in ''Series/TheWire'' [[spoiler:[[BadassLongcoat Omar]] leaves for New York while running from the Barksdale clan. In episode three of season two he comes back. And embarks on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
** He does this again in Season 5 against Marlo.
* Having spent more than half of the first ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special in bed feeling ill, the Doctor is revived [[spoiler: by a cup of tea]] and emerges from the TARDIS, in his pajamas, to save the Earth.
-->"[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall D'ja miss me?]]"
** Later, in the two-parter "Human Nature"/"The Family Blood", the Doctor is turned into a human, with a false life created around him, and no knowledge (save odd dreams) of who he was. Most of "The Family of Blood" involves trying to persuade him to return to being the Time Lord he was. And when he does, he's ''angry''.
** Perhaps most gratuitously, this occurs in "Last of the Time Lords" however, when the Doctor has been aged almost to death, and is a shriveled, imp like creature kept by the Master in a birdcage. He doesn't just return to being the Doctor at the end of the story, [[spoiler: he turns into a floating, incandescent, godlike being]].
** The TARDIS and Donna get one in "Journey's End" when the metacrisis Doctor lands it inside the Crucible.
** In "Vincent and the Doctor", Vincent van Gogh gets one after a scene where he's suffering from an episode of depression. Next scene? Back in effect, BadassLongcoat and [[NiceHat sweet hat]] in place, clearly ready to... [[ItMakesSenseInContext paint some monsters]].
** The Doctor gets another in "The Big Bang" after [[spoiler: he gets brought back into existence by Amy.]]
** In "A Good Man Goes to War", Rory gets one [[spoiler:returning to his "Last Centurion" persona]], attacking the Cyberman fleet asking where [[spoiler:his kidnapped wife is]].
** Again in "Let's Kill Hitler"; the Doctor is [[spoiler: poisoned, Amy and Rory are stuck inside a robot which is about to execute River, and the pain of his organs shutting down one by one is too much for him to try to help.]] Luckily a holograph of young Amelia Pond inspires him enough to [[CrazyAwesome change into a top hat, coat and tails and walking cane]], along with a HeroicSecondWind.
** "The Snowmen": The Doctor goes into a HeroicBSOD after losing Amy and Rory, and even stops wearing is trademark bowties. He gradually regains his senses, and it's when he realises he's wearing a bowtie again he snaps out of it:
-->'''The Doctor''': Yeah it is, isn't it? ''Very'' cool... [[CatchPhrase Bowties]] ''[[CatchPhrase are]]'' [[CAtchPhrase cool!]]
* A team one for ''Series/StargateSG1'' occurs after their off-screen split at the end of season eight. They're finally reunited early in season nine, with Lt. Col. Cam Mitchell replacing Jack O'Neill, and the sort-of addition of Vala Mal Doran.
--> '''Mitchell''': Looks like the band's back together.
--> '''Carter''': Yeah. What's with the extra backup singer?
** Let's not forget Daniel's return from ascension at the beginning of season 7. Granted, he doesn't know he's back at first, but still.
*** Or, basically, every single time Daniel has died or been thought dead. Of which there are several.
** A villainous one for Anubis showing back up after several thousand years of exile, all semi-ascended, and handing the rest of the System Lords their collective asses.
* In series 3 of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]] is sacked. We then see him slumped on his sofa looking depressed in between his [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife futile attempts to find a fulfilling career outside politics]]. When he eventually returns to work in [[NotHimself casual clothes and looking like he's spent most of his time off crying]] it is genuinely disturbing. Happily he's soon charged with managing the party's election campaign, and the minute he [[BadassInANiceSuit gets back into a suit]] he reverts to his usual intimidating self. His PA Sam's happy face says it all.
** Also subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZGUm4174WE this scene]], where former minister Cliff Lawton wants to stage a political comeback.
--> '''Cliff''': To put it simply, I'm back!
--> '''Jamie''': Oh fuck off, Cliff!
* During season 2 of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', this happens with Sophie. After wondering who she really is due to her life as a grifter, she leaves for the second half of the season only to reemerge in the second season finale to save the team after Nate gets them in over their heads.
* After not being seen since Series 2 of ''Series/RedDwarf'' back in 1988, with the character (post-Hattie Hayridge) lost and presumed destroyed, Norman Lovett's version of Holly returned at the very end of Series 7 in 1997, in preparation for a full-time return in Series 8 (1999). In fact, one of Holly's first lines upon his return is, "He's back. Kicking bottom or what?"
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'': After episode 6, Spartacus is utterly depressed over the death of his wife Sura, so he gives up on trying to escape gladiatorial slavery and plunges into his role as Champion of Capua. After his best friend Varro dies in episode 10, he gets even worse. In episode 11, he has a FeverDreamEpisode that lets him see that [[spoiler: his master caused Sura's death so he would never want to leave]]. He recovers from his fever stronger than ever, and when his master asks if he's all right, he replies, "Yes, Dominus. I am myself again." [[spoiler: As he remembers who he really is, and begins to sow the seeds for the GladiatorRevolt.]]
* The revival of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' has JR coming out of semi-comatose state when his son tells him Bobby is selling off the family ranch.
* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'' opens with Frank Castle trying to live a normal life after hunting down the people responsible for the murders of his wife and children. When a construction worker he befriends is in danger after a heist gone wrong, however, he goes back to doing what he does best; playing judge, jury, and executioner.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Castiel taking on the demons in "The Born Again Identity." {{Crowning Music of Awesome}} in the background.
** The end of the fifth season has a moment where, after spending the last several episodes in a HeroicBSOD, Dean's ultimately hit an absolute low and is ready to let the angel Michael take over his body. However, thanks the support of both Sam and Bobby, Dean is snap back to his usual self and the reveal that he's back comes via one of his trademark smirks, just before [[spoiler: he kills the SmugSnake head angel trying to make him go through the deal.]]
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Elijah's return in "The Ties That Bind."
--> Damon: So, why don't we talk about this? (shows dagger)
-->(a couple minutes later)
--> Elijah: So, Niklaus, what'd I miss?
* At the end of season one of ''Series/{{Homeland}}'', Carrie is convinced that she was wrong about Brody all along; she has also had a manic-depressive episode that has convinced her that she is insane, and in need of electric shock therapy, ''and'' she has been fired by the CIA. At the beginning of season two, she seems to be recovering mentally, and then gets asked by the CIA to go back into the field to deal with a source she had recruited years earlier. She does excellent work, and thinks that this might be her way back in; when she is then humiliatingly dismissed with a pat on the head, she is so depressed she attempts suicide. Then, just when she is at her lowest, Saul shows up with ironclad, smoking-gun proof that she was right all along.
--> Carrie: I was right?
--> Saul: You were right.
--> Carrie: I was right.
* When the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "The Case of the Savant's Thumb" opens Jonathan has spent the three years since we last saw him getting married to a woman who doesn't hold with all this conjuring and crimesolving stuff and working as a middle-manager in her father's company. When she gets called to America shortly after a particularly baffling LockedRoomMystery takes place, he says goodbye to her, walks to the wardrobe, shoves all his nice suits out of the way, and pulls out the duffel coat.
* A VillainProtagonist version at the end of "Granite State", the penultimate episode of ''Series/BreakingBad''. [[spoiler:After being rejected by his family and knocking on death's door from the cancer, Walter White calls the police to the bar that he's in to let them track the phone so he can turn himself in. As he orders one final drink, he sees his former friends and co-founders of the company he left, Gray Matter, disowning his contributions to the business, causing him to fill with rage. As the ''Breaking Bad'' theme kicks in, the police show up and storm the bar looking for him, with only a half-drunk glass and tip left behind. Heisenberg has returned.]]
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has a few examples focusing on [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]].
** In Season One, [[spoiler: he encounters his EvilCounterpart, the Dark Archer (secretly Malcolm Merlyn), and suffers a brutal beatdown; he escapes alive, but the next episode shows him struggling to regain his confidence and focus. Eventually, his confidant John Diggle gives him a much-needed pep talk about drawing strength from his loved ones, and he recovers in time to don his costume and stop VillainOfTheWeek Firefly]].
** In Season Two, [[spoiler: having failed to stop Malcolm from destroying the Glades and watched his best friend Tommy die in front of him, Oliver retreats to the island of Lian Yu, where Diggle and Felicity Smoak have to convince him to come back and save his family's company. Through reconnecting with his mother and sister while confronting his guilt over Tommy viewing him as a murderer, Oliver adopts a new ThouShaltNotKill approach, ultimately making a BigDamnHeroes return as the Arrow to save his sister from four murderous copycats]].
** In Season Five, after being [[BreakTheBadass thoroughly tortured and broken]] by Prometheus, Oliver goes into withdrawal, disbanding the team and willing to [[DealWithTheDevil make a deal with the Bratva]] to have [[spoiler: Prometheus, civilian identity Adrian Chase, killed]]. John manages to get through to him with a RousingSpeech, reminding him that Oliver helped him out of a similar situation not too long ago. Oliver's spirit gets revitalized and he puts the team back together, complete with uplifting music to signify his return, though it takes several more episodes and some encouragement from Felicity for him to put the Green Arrow suit back on, and just in time to capture Prometheus, too.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': A worrying variation in Donny, who hits a bad depression after [[spoiler: he's jilted by Daphne, and desperately serves her a lawsuit.]] Frasier manages to talk him out of the latter, which he didn't seem all that committed to... but when he finds out that Frasier was complicit, Donny [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "the Piranha"]] Douglas is back on the kind of top, ruthless form as when [[EstablishingCharacterMoment he was first introduced as Niles' divorce attorney.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': While he first [[AlternateUniverse world-jumps]] in "Luthor," [[FauxAffablyEvil (E-2) Lionel]]'s triumphant [[DeadAlternateCounterpart "return from the dead"]] hits this trope full-force in "Beacon," where he shows up, usurps control of [=LuthorCorp=] from E-1 [[BrokenAce Tess]], and takes control of Lex's teenage clone Alexander. He utterly ''decimates'' any attempts from Tess to fight him in his first episode, basically reducing her to tears and almost winning out in the fight for Alexander during the episode. He was definitely back with a vengeance.
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': The pilot, "El Jefe", shows that Ash has spent the thirty-plus years since his first encounter with the Deadites in hiding, spending his days wallowing in survivor's guilt, indulging constantly in drugs, booze, and cheap sex. However, when the Deadites track him down in his trailer and attack him and his friends, he decides he's tired of running and fights back, showing that despite being an arrogant blowhard, he's still one of the most badass demon slayers in human history.
* Richard Dawson returned to host ''Series/FamilyFeud'' in the 1994-95 season, nine years after his original version ended (Ray Combs had hosted ''Feud'' in the interim since 1988, when CBS brought it back).

* [[strike: Cat Stevens]] Yusuf Islam's release of ''Roadsinger'' on 5th May 2009.
** He released ''An Other Cup'', his first album in 28 years, in 2006, but ''Roadsinger'' is much better and often considered his true return.
* ''Death Magnetic'' has been recognised as Music/{{Metallica}}'s "He's Back" moment after their DorkAge in the Nineties.
* After LupeFiasco's third album LASERS failed to live up to expectations, many fans felt he had lost his edge and finally given in to ExecutiveMeddling, but that changed with the release of American Terrorist III, and his new mixtape Friend of the People: I Fight Evil.
* Alice Cooper's album ''Constrictor'', his first in three years and his first good one in even longer, was considered a comeback album and the subsequent tour was Alice's true return to his gory, violent, shocking and downright nasty roots. Whats the name of one of the singles? "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)". Some fans weren't satisfied with the new hair metal sound though and to them the true "He's Back" moment came with 1994's The Last Temptation.
* The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have a song called ''He's Back''.
* While Music/XJapan's reunion was somewhat of this trope for the entire band (or at least for drummer and bandleader Music/YoshikiHayashi) in 2007, a true example came in 2010 with the announcement of vocalist [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]]'s exit from [[PathOfInspiration Home Of Heart.]], bringing back both of the original founders of the band working together as they once did, and the 2010 return of original bassist Music/TaijiSawada (although his playing only one song led to some backlash). The only thing preventing this from being a complete example of this trope is AuthorExistenceFailure for both hide and Taiji.
* Many bands that broke up in the 70s and 80s released their first album in twenty years or more in the late 2000s or early 2010s. Among these are Music/MissionOfBurma, Music/{{Swans}}, The Feelies, Music/SteelyDan, The Music/NewYorkDolls, Music/{{Devo}}, Music/ThrobbingGristle, The Vaselines, Music/BigStar, Music/{{Eagles}}, Music/{{Bauhaus}}, The Slits, Music/TheStooges, and Music/TheWho. Unfortunately, only the first couple really exemplify this trope; the others' comeback albums were regarded as trivial at best.
* Vashti Bunyan and Levon Helm (of Music/TheBand) were among the singer-songwriters (along with the aforementioned Cat Stevens) to release a comeback album in the 2000s. Both albums were critically acclaimed.
* In 2004, Music/DavidBowie was forced to cut his Reality Tour short due to heart problems that required emergency surgery. His appearances on stage, screen, and records grew fewer and fewer, ceasing after 2008. The world came to accept that he was a quietly and happily retired ReclusiveArtist. On January 8, 2013 (his 66th birthday), he announced he was releasing his first album in nearly ten years (''The Next Day'') in March, and its first single and video were released to the public. The news made entertainment headlines worldwide, in part because '''''absolutely no one''''' in the media or his fanbase saw it coming. (On top of this, the album received good-to-great reviews and topped the sales charts in many countries once it arrived; it was his first album to reach number one in his native U.K. since 1993.)
* After a seven-year wait, upon which he pursued an acclaimed acting career, former Music/{{NSYNC}} lead singer Music/JustinTimberlake would return in 2013 with a new single, "Suit And Tie", a follow-up album called ''The 20/20 Experience'', and an well-received appearance performing his new single at the 2013 Grammys.
* Appears on the faux newspaper headline in the clip for for Music/LadyGaga's "Paparazzi": '''"SHE'S BACK!"'''
* Music/VanHalen had one in the form of ''A Different Kind of Truth'', the album that heralded the return of Music/DavidLeeRoth into the fold.
* No mention of [[Music/{{Rush}} Neil Peart]]? After suffering the loss of his daughter, then his wife less than a year later, he drove 50,000 miles on his motorcycle through North and Central America. His bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson thought he was done with music, and therefore would be the end of Rush. However, Neil resettled in California, met his new wife, and got back in the game. Rush's 2002 comeback album ''Vapor Trails'' was an exercise in catharsis for Neil, his lyrics a form of expression regarding his pain. The opening track, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMYDuPWHFAo "One Little Victory"]], starts heavy on the drums, proclaiming to the world that Neil Peart is, indeed, back.
* As far as actual songs that embody this trope, there's the Music/ThinLizzy classic "The Boys Are Back in Town."
* Embodying the trope as well as a band's reunion is the opener of Music/{{Soundgarden}}'s comeback album, "Been Away Too Long".

[[folder:Mythology And Religion]]
* [[Myth/GreekMythology Odysseus]] was away at war for many years. During that time his palace had filled up with suitors trying to gain the attention of his wife. On his return he disguised himself as an ancient beggar and sneaked back in, then whipped off the disguise, revealing himself even bigger and stronger than ever.
** For even more awesome, he and his son were armed to the teeth, and they had stolen all of the suitors' weapons beforehand. Oh yeah, and ''Athena, the goddess of battle,'' was on Odysseus' side. Needless to say, the suitors shat bricks. [[spoiler: And then he killed all of them.]]
* Jesus. Although in his case, it was [[ThanatosGambit all part of the plan]].

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Steve Dallas was turned by aliens from a drinking, smoking, chauvinist womanizer into a caring, sensitive, "enlightened" man... but it seems it went too far, as his attempt not to offend, hurt, or impinge on anyone resulted in some people he cared for (okay, the women whom he enjoyed mutually exploitative relationships with) losing interest. Eventually, after the Last Straw Dumping, he ended up sitting naked on top of a fire hydrant in a near-foetal ball. Shortly afterwards, he asked Milo to "fetch them" ("them" apparently being his CoolShades), who tried to talk him out of it - leading Steve to repeat the request more forcefully ("Steve - they don't deserve this..." "Yes they DO. Now GET THEM!")... When he transformed, Milo screamed, in terror and warning, "He's BACK!" in a tone more suited to a horror sequel trailer. To which Steve replies in a thought balloon: "He's BAD."

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* During the lead-up to the ''Invasion'' PPV, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin had changed from his familiar ass-kicking self into [[FaceHeelTurn a different man]], one who frequently hugged Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and had ''walked out'' on Mr. [=McMahon=]'s pleas to have "the ''old'' Stone Cold." He's spent the better part of one show down at the local bar, ignoring the pleas from other wrestlers as [[VillainTeamUp The Alliance]] runs roughshod on the WWF. Then Austin throws down his beer, snaps a pool cue, and storms out of the bar. The next time he's seen, he comes roaring up in his pick-up truck, [[FoeTossingCharge lays out every Alliance wrestler in sight]] on his way to the ring (while Alliance mastermind Wrestling/PaulHeyman is [[OhCrap freaking out]] at ringside). And then-- [[MostWonderfulSound *glass shatters*]]-- here comes ''the OLD Stone Cold'', hitting the ring with a vengeance, where he delivers a [[FinishingMove Stone Cold Stunner]] to any Alliance wrestler that's put in front of him. [[spoiler: Ultimately ''subverted'' however, when he [[FaceHeelTurn betrays the WWF]] and joins the Alliance at the PPV.]]
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels has had a few but perhaps the greatest was after his one-off return (after four years of being laid up with a broken back) to fight Wrestling/TripleH at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'' (supposed to be a one-time comeback), he's mangled so badly as to be confined to a wheelchair. But after giving an uncharacteristically stoic promo, warning the "Don't hunt... what you can't kill." To prove his point, he started to struggle to stand up out of his wheelchair, trying and failing a few times. Then, he shrugs, easily stands up, kicks over the chair, and starts dancing. A few weeks later, in his first match in three months (and second in the last four and a half years), he beat Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/RobVanDam, Wrestling/BookerT, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, and, in the big finish, Wrestling/TripleH himself in the first ever Elimination Chamber to win the World Heavyweight title.
* Veteran wrestlers returning to their older gimmicks. Wrestling/TheUndertaker once again becoming the "Dead Man Walking", Kane regaining his mask, are generally met with a huge pop.
* ShaneMcMahon returning to RAW after an absence of almost seven years. Not only was this to a [[HolyShitQuotient huge pop]], but a complete surprise. The WWE had teased a special guest, but no one pegged Shane O'Mac coming back.
* Wrestling/BryanDanielson went into voluntary exile from Wrestling/RingOfHonor and for a time, most regions encompassing the pro wrestling circuits outside of Europe and Japan, out of frustration with his inability to take the Wrestling/RingOfHonor World title from Wrestling/AustinAries in 2005. There was news that TNA was interested in him but after missing the end of Aries's reign and the entire world title reign of Wrestling/CMPunk, Danielson returned to ROH to defeat James Gibson and finally become World Champion, to become ''The Best In The World''.
* What was thought to be Bryan Danielson's final independent pay per view appearance, his final any kind of pro wrestling appearance not under the Wrestling/{{WWE}} banner was in 2009 in Wrestling/DragonGate USA, where he requested the hardest possible match up he could get, and after losing to Open The Dream Gate Champion Naruki Doi, told fans he didn't think he could remain the best in the world while in WWE and urged them to continue to support independent pro wrestling, assuring them new wrestlers would take over his position as such, if they had not already. Well, WWE fired Danielson for being too violent, so he returned to DGUSA the next year, ready to once again become, ''Best In The World''.
* 3/27/2015: For the first time in seven years [[Wrestling/SamoaJoe an ROH legend]] returns, and unlike [[OffScreenMomentOfAwesome last time]], you'll actually get to see it... he went back out the door after four more dates but it was nice while it lasted.
* Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome, THE HOST of Wrestlemania 27... [[AudibleSharpness *zap zap zap zap zap zap zap zap*]]...........*all the lights turn off*...........[[AudibleSharpness *more electricity, this time on the titantron]]...........*titantron goes completely white, then blacks out*....................
-->'''Wrestling/TheRock]''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome IF YA]] [[MostWonderfulSound SMELL!]]\\
'''Crowd:''' [[{{Squee}} *GOES FREAKING BERSERK*]]\\
'''Wrestling/TheRock:''' WHAT THE ROCK [[SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced IS COOKING!]]
** To make it official, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki has confirmed that he has signed a multi-year contract with the WWE. Ladies and Gentlemen, it's official: ''THE ROCK HAS COME BACK! HOME!'
* After having been missing from Wrestling/{{TNA}} for almost a year, The Monster Abyss returns during the DarkestHour of the Aces & Eights angle. By the end of the night he managed to layout the ''entire'' stable singlehandedly, becoming the HopeBringer for TNA.
* Months later, as the Main Event Mafia is down a man against the Wrestling/AcesAndEights in a match where whoever gets pinned is ousted from the company, "My Evil Ways" starts playing and Wrestling/AJStyles walks out...at which point the music cuts out, 2 familiar drum beats hit, and 4 words that hadn't been heard in ''a year'' hit the speakers: "''GET READY TO FLY!''" The Phenomenal One has returned.
* [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar Here comes]] [[HolyShitQuotient the pain]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NkD-LM09xjU again!]]
* In 2015, Oedo~tai jumped on World Wonder Ring STARDOM's first USA tour, bringing Hudson Envy back to the EWF arena, where she got her start, for the first time in three years, only to see her and Thunder Rosa's thunder stolen by Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez coming behind them to end an eleven year absence.

* The final act of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is a classic example, with the title character defiantly returning home to confront Claudius after his months spent abroad in England, despite knowing full well that Laertes is out for his blood. After four acts of angsting about Death and the Meaning of Life, and ultimately being forced to his lowest point after [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally murdering Polonius and driving the love of his life to madness]], the Prince of Denmark is ''back''--and no force in Heaven and Earth can stop him from having his revenge.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lightning, the main protagonist of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII the]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 XIII]] [[VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII trilogy]], was frozen in crystal to live through the [[spoiler: time crash at the end of XIII-2]], and slept for 500 years, when she finally [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin returns]] from her imprisonment to help save the world in the last game.
* ''Compilation of VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** In the original game, Cloud has a spectacular mental breakdown under Sephiroth's [[MoreThanMindControl possession]], falls into the Lifestream and, due to exposure to such a powerful spiritual force, goes completely insane. It's only when he and Tifa both fall into the Lifestream together, and she [[JourneyToTheCentreOfTheMind enters his subconscious to talk to him]], that he regains his sense of self, in time to give an inspiring speech to the party and lead an assault on the Junon military base.
** In ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', when evil arises once more, Cloud at first [[RefusalOfTheCall refuses the call]], but [[ThePowerOfFriendship the combined encouragement from his friends]] manages to bring him out of retirement to save the day. In a totally badass fashion, nonetheless.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Terra finds herself unable to fight after the party gets separated in the World of Ruin. However, when Humbaba threatens the group of orphans that she cares for, and cuts down her friends who try to help, Terra snaps into her [[SuperMode Esper form]] and stays in it ''for the entire fight.'' Asskicking ensues.
* Will in ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin''. He breaks down after [[spoiler:his mentor, Brenner, gets killed by what's implied to be a nuke]]. He gets over it just in time to save his men from the pursuing enemy and strike back, determinted to carry on.
* The Dark Side ending of ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic.''
** The Light Side ending as well, but in a more subtle fashion. Instead of being the galaxy-conquering variety of badass, you're the galaxy-''saving'' variety [[spoiler: that you were before the Mandalorian Wars and zero guidance got you DrunkOnTheDarkSide]].
** The scene in the sequel where Kreia's coaching helps the Jedi Exile regain her confidence and powers.
* In ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', Rahm Kota recovers from his self-pity and binge-drinking to become the mighty Jedi Knight he once was.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'': [[spoiler:Getting shot down and losing your Power Suit?]] Running and hiding from just about everything? [[spoiler:A Chozo Trial boss fight later]], and The Hunter, who strikes fear into the hearts of the Space Pirate legions, is reborn, more powerful than ever. With dozens of Space Pirates now waiting between you and where you need to be, the ThemeMusicPowerUp starts playing and the Space Pirates get to experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge by Samus Aran.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': "Suprised? [[MagnificentBastard You shouldn't be.]]"
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 2'', this trope is an integral part of resident BrokenBird Kaori Yae's storyline. After a [[spoiler: 2-years]] long HeroicBSOD due to a traumatic event that occured before the game's proper, she manages to overcome her past and turn back to the GenkiGirl she was, thanks to her relationship with the protagonist. The change in her attitude and appearance after she takes her resolve is ''dramatic'': she enters the Volley-Ball Club and fully involves herself in; her body language sprites change from unhappily talking-over-her-shoulder or holding-her-arm-and-looking-at-the-floor poses, to looking straight at you with [[WhenSheSmiles a beautiful and cheerful smile]]; her clothes' fashion at dates become colorful, elaborate and varied; she regulary comes to you to invite you for dates; and her somber [[{{Leitmotif}} theme tune]] is replaced with a [[NearVictoryFanfare peppier variation]] of it.
* Two instances in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy, first when Shepard [[spoiler:wakes up on an operating table and proceeds to slaughter his/her way through a facility full of robots bent on killing him/her while grossly underarmed]] at the start of the second game, second when Shepard [[spoiler:gets exonerated and reinstated as an emergency measure]] at the beginning of the third game.
* "They used to tell stories of [[VideoGame/DukeNukemForever a man]] [[VideoGame/DukeNukem who saved the world]]. Man whose very presence sent aliens [[OhCrap running back to their motherships]]. [[DevelopmentHell The man who disappeared]] [[{{Vaporware}} without a trace]]. [[AlienInvasion When the invaders came back]], they came back angry. They tore our planet apart bit by bit. But... they made one mistake: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking They shouldn't have gone after our women.]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPo054iNQK4 HAIL TO THE KING BABY!]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'': Upon arriving at [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast's Castle]], Sora, [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck Donald]], and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} are surprised to learn that their old buddy The Beast has a much larger stick up his ass than usual, as shown when he swats away both TheHeartless and the heroes to make sure his precious rose is safe, then leaves without a word. After multiple attempts to get him to stop obsessing about the rose that Xaldin stole and the fact that he believes himself to be a monster now, you finally get the badass you had in the first game back after Sora reminds him of how it was before Belle showed up.
--> '''Beast''': I know one thing... This castle belongs to ''me''. Xaldin will never be welcome here.
** Another [=KH2=] example, when Sora, Donald, and Goofy are about to be overwhelmed by [[TheHeartless Nobodies]], fan-favorite Axel returns to help Sora kick ass...and then [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice kills himself in the process]].]]
** Also, Riku when he turns back into his normal self. If anything, he becomes twice the badass he used to be.
** A much more subdued example: as you progress through the final world, you find that [[spoiler: Ansem the Wise, that is, the real Ansem]] has come there to set things right that [[spoiler: he himself]] put wrong in the first place instead of simply sitting in wait to hope things fix themselves. [[spoiler: A HeroicSacrifice ensues after forgiving himself for his anger and he damages Kingdom Hearts enough to prevent Xemnas's plan from coming to fruition.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'': [[spoiler:Chris Redfield suffers a HeroicBSOD after Ada Wong's {{Doppelganger}} Carla Radames kills most of his squad in Eastern Europe, leading him to become an [[TraumaInducedAmnesia amnesiac]] [[DrowningMySorrows drunk]] for the next six months until the BSAA find him and convince him to come back. When he finally regains his memories, he [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge becomes obsessed with getting revenge on Carla]], which leads to the deaths of even more of his men, and finally snaps out of it and returns to his old self after a meeting with Leon Kennedy.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', the main character's best friend, Fritz, realizes he's TheLoad and feels that he isn't worthwhile anymore and, thus, disappears before a big battle, claiming he'll return when he's stronger. He lives up to that promise after the battle leaves the hero without his friends when he arrives to save the day, much more confident and armed with the FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam.
* In VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberium, [[DarkMessiah Kane]] is fond of pulling these after he's been believed killed. Usually in DoNotAdjustYourSet ways. An excellent example (Though by far not the only one) is in the VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun where his followers are chanting his BadassCreed as a traitor is being executed.
--> '''[[TheDragon Anton Slavick]]:''' ''"In the name of Kane!"''\\
'''Mob''': ''"Kane lives in death!"'' \\
'''Anton Slavick:''' ''"In the name of KANE!"'' \\
'''Mob''': ''"Kane lives in death!"''\\
'''Anton Slavick:''' ''"[[RuleOfThree In the NAME OF KANE!]]"''\\
'''Kane, appearing on a big screen behind Slavick''': ''"[[LargeHam KANE!]]'' '''LIVES!!'''".
** Note that he pulls this off to great effect so many times[[note]]and it somehow ''does not'' detract from it.[[/note]] that by the time he is gone for good[[note]]He isn't killed, he leaves on his own accord[[/note]], people don't believe the news that he's gone for good.
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'': B.J Blazkowicz takes a large chunk of shrapnel to the back of the head at the end of the prologue, loses his memory and is reduced to a sorry state. He's taken in at a mental hospital in Poland and cared for by a kindly nurse. While he's down, [[VillainWorld the Nazis defeat the Allies and conquer the planet]]. The Nazis send a detachment to execute the patients and [[BerserkButton they make the big mistake of turning on the staff too]]...
-->''"[[BondOneLiner Nazi scum!]]"''
* ''{{Tales Of Xillia}}'': A rather awesome one from [[spoiler:Milla considering she died and she had to practically will herself back into existence]].
* In Chapter 8 (Jax's chapter) of the Story Mode of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''; it's been 25 years since Jax was restored to life and freed from Quan Chi's magic; he hated the thought of his daughter joining the military, and Sonya practically has to ''beg'' him to help now, seeing as said daughter is missing. However, when he finally gets to the Outworld and faces Quan Chi's revenants:
-->'''Revenant Kung Lao:''' Do not interfere, Jackson Briggs. Return to hiding.
-->'''Jax:''' Hiding? Guess I have been.
** He then proceeds to beat Kung Lao black and blue, proving he's ''done'' hiding.
* In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', during the battle against [[spoiler:Penelope, Bentley finally has shaken off his HeroicBSOD from discovering [[FaceHeelTurn her betrayal]] and shows up to take her on. And he's piloting a robot suit. ''Awesome.'']]
** Earlier on, during the events of ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', we learn that Murray blamed himself for Bentley [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves being crippled by Clock-La]], and later left the team to go find [[TheAtoner inner peace]]. The entire first chapter of the game revolves around Sly and Bentley trying to stop the environmentally-unfriendly schemes of [[TheDon Octavio]] in order to get Murray back. It culminates with Bentley nearly getting killed by Octavio, which provides the push Murray needs to jump in and [[BigDamnHeroes save the day]].
-->'''Murray:''' "The Murray" RETURNS!!!
* The reboot of ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' leaves T.J. Combo near-penniless, banned from the ring, and publicly shamed by the time the game starts due to [=UltraTech's=] machination. His response? Give up his former cheating ways, rip out his own cyber-enhancements, and take the fight to [=UltraTech=] to prove that nobody can keep the champ down.
-->''"I took the easy route, once. It got me fame, fortune and glory. But it was all hollow. When I fell, I fell hard. I lost everything. But I'm back now, [[TheAtoner and this time, I'm doing it right.]] And don't think for a moment that I'll let anything get in my way. 'Cause if you give me that moment...I win!"''
** His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JapDyUwAu8 theme song]] is practically a giant ''hype builder''; He has rediscovered his passion for boxing, feels a whole lot better about himself after removing his enhancements, and he is ''making a comeback''.
--> I'm back to '''Rise!''' I'm back to '''Glow!''' I'm back to '''Fly!''' I'm back to '''Soar!''' I'm back to '''War!''' Let the truth be '''Told!''' I feel on fire when my passion '''''Flow!'''''
* [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille]] gets his signature Zeta Gundam halfway through ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'' and while at first he's in his HeroicBSOD phase, he finally gets out of it after confronting Jerid and gives him a [[RammingAlwaysWorks Waverider Crash.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[spoiler: Miles Edgeworth]] in the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' trilogy. At the end of the first game, [[spoiler: he gets framed for murder, accused and linked to forgery of evidence, and nearly loses his freedom before Phoenix saves him,]] and decides the most mature reaction to this in the second game would be to [[spoiler: bugger off to Europe, leaving what appears to be a suicide note. He returns during the last case of the second game, having found the true meaning of a prosecutor]] and gotten some snazzy new theme music in the process.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', guess who's regained his attorney badge and makes a BigDamnHeroes entrance in the very first case, clad in a nifty new version of his familiar suit? Phoenix Wright himself, after seven years of unjust disbarment, has returned to the courtroom. An even better example is the DLC case, Turnabout Reclaimed, which shows Phoenix's first trial after getting back his attorney's badge. He not only proves his client innocent, [[spoiler: he proves that NOBODY was guilty. He held the Judge's verdict just to prove that the witness on stand was innocent as well.]]
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'': After suffering many a HeroicBSOD, Okabe is finally shaken out of it when Suzuha [[spoiler:shows him the video of his future self explaining how he can save Kurisu]], which catapults him right back into LargeHam territory, turning his {{Narm}} speeches into a BadassBoast [[BecomingTheBoast he can make into reality]].

* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'''s 2009 "[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol A]] [[SuperMarioBros Mushroom Kingdom]] [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Carol]]" [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/mkc1/ (here)]] has Bowser defeat Mario by seemingly leaving the Mushroom Kingdom forever and then sending Bowser Jr. to lead an assault years later when Mario was too old and out of practice to fight. Mario degraded to a sour Scrooge of a hermit over the next number of years as a result of his humiliating defeat. But after the visitation of three ghosts that ultimately reminded him just who he was, he donned his old hat and jumping shoes and went back to Bowser's castle with a vengence... and an army of Yoshis.
* The Oracle from ''Webcomic/DragonMango''. Initially she looks like a confused seer and HarmlessVillain, but as soon as she learns the one bit of information she lacked, she figures everything out instantly, gets her Vision back in full force, and promptly orchestrates a ThanatosGambit.
* Aradia from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Prior to the events of the story, she was quite friendly and happy... until [[spoiler: she was killed and [[CameBackWrong came back as a ghost]]]]. She spends most of the series (aside from act 5 part 1) sitting around [[TheEeyore moping about how the trolls are doomed to die]] and that there's no way they can stop the demon that's rampaging through their session, and only contacts Rose to flip out at her to try and keep her from going through with [[spoiler: Doc Scratch]]'s plans. [[spoiler: Then Derse blew up, awakening Aradia's dreamself, allowing her to rise to the god tiers and ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu timestop Bec Noir]].'' She's back to her old self again now.]]
** Rose was one of the smartest and most confident characters among the kids. By the meteor intermission she's been manipulated by Scratch and the Horror Terrors to make their session worse [[spoiler: and lost her Mom to Jack]]. She's less confident in herself [[spoiler: and deals with it by drinking to alleviate her nervousness and to pass the boring 3 years]]. The result has dulled her once sharp wit, and left her a wreck, nearly failing at her relationship and failing to auspisitice between [[spoiler: Gamzee and Terezi]]. She pulls herself back together after an argument with Kanaya, and when the battle flares up on LOFAF she pulls a wand (the first time doing so since Jack killed her) and once again tries to auspistice, showing the confidence in her actions she used to have.
*** And, due to [[spoiler: John's RetCanon powers, Vriska is offically [[CharacterTic baaaaaaaack.]]]]
* Belkar of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', after spending hundreds of strips hampered by the "Mark of Justice" that prevented him from fighting effectively (not to mention [[HeroicComedicSociopath killing]]), and dozens reduced to an ill, delirious puking wreck, proceeded to reclaim his title as "Sexy Shoeless God of War" as soon as he was finally free of the curse by savagely beating a group of a dozen rogues out to kill him in what amounts to a FoeTossingCharge, leaving 11 dead (though one of them was taken out by his cat, and two were killed by the Cleric who uncursed him) and making out with the hot female bard among them (who does not mind this in the slightest). His final kill is an OffhandBackhand double dagger throw made ''while'' he was making out with said bard. He then leaves to go look for more things to kill, while drinking moonshine.
** Comes complete with a BigDamnHeroes and CrowningMomentOfAwesome on his part as he saves Haley from death by her rival.
** Later, [[spoiler:Durkon]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0906.html is freed from being a vampire thrall by the death of his master]]. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0907.html It takes him a full comic to digest, but at the end, he's ready to use his free will.]]
*** [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with [[TheReveal The Reveal]] that is not him but the [[BodySnatcher High Priest of Hel]] whith the real Durkon traped in a [[AndIMustScream And I Must Scream]] situation]].
* After Steve had been [[PutOnABus on a bus ride]] for a while in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', he retroactively became a parody of this trope. He had originally disappeared after breaking up with his girlfriend and [[DrowningMySorrows drinking himself silly]]. In the middle of his binging, the government hires him and he spontaneously transforms into Film/JamesBond, blows up some bad guy's VolcanoLair, etc., and afterward he inexplicably goes back to being a normal guy. [[OrWasItADream Or maybe none of that really happened.]] But it probably did. Maybe. [[ShrugOfGod The author's not telling.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1527 Satan returns.]]
* Bun-Bun [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=990620 has one of these]] in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' after a head injury left him acting like a [[TalkingAnimal normal rabbit]]. The instant he regains his memories, he holds a family of telemarketers hostage over a piranha tank and re-declares his revenge on Santa Claus. That's the bunny we love.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'' has a villainous version when [[CloudCuckoolander Ronove]] regains his memories of being a higher demon during the Battle of Vanna. As soon as he's back in the game, he shows everyone why he was once called the Walking Death by defeating the seemingly invincible demon Dreadlord with ease.
* Nabi gets one of these in Step 5 of ''WebAnimation/ThereSheIs'', kicking off the RaceForYourLove to the finale.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' Machinima Machinima/DeusExMachina, Deus resolves to give up crime-fighting when things don't work out at all for him. He is forced back into his usual routine when a huge threat rears its ugly head. [[spoiler: Though this "He's back" turns very tragic...]]
* A villainous variation occurs with ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' character Julie Mikan. After killing a fellow classmate she goes into a HeroicBSOD, before somewhat reforming. However, a couple of days later, Julie finally breaks down due to the heat and sleep deprivation, signifying a return for her villainous self.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic at the end of his Commercials Special. [[TheCastShowoff It involves singing]] [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas like a certain skeleton]].
** WebVideo/SuburbanKnights...[[spoiler: The return of WebVideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede after a two year long Mormon mission]].
** The Nostalgia Critic gets another, bigger one in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee, where after wallowing in guilt, self-pity, and doubt for most of the movie, he finally [[spoiler: makes amends with Ma-Ti and rises to save the lives of all his friends at the cost of his own human existence.]]
* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] gets one in his Skullduggery review by announcing "Oh and I'm back"
* WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum Agents Suicide and Dio disappeared after the ''Fanfic/{{Subjugation}}'' mission failed, but were back for ''Ring Child''.
** Makes-Things got skewered by a huge macrovirus trying to infect him, but [[UnexplainedRecovery recovered]] by still-unknown means.
* After his HeelFaceTurn in ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 3'', Vegeta loafs around Scrooge's mansion and acts like a nuisance. Near the end of ''7'', Scrooge snaps at him, which causes Vegeta to have a HeroicBSOD. After a revelation from Huey, Vegeta shows up and helps Scrooge beat the Beagle Boys.
* Things seemed fairly hopeless during ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' after the radio station is taken over by the [[LightIsNotGood Strex]][[EvilCorporation Corp]] shills [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul Kevin and Lauren]]. That is until a certain [[IntrepidReporter subversive radio host]] makes his triumphant return. Cecil takes his rightful spot behind the microphone for the rest of the episode.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Yang spends the TimeSkip between Volumes 3 and 4 in a HeroicBSOD following [[spoiler:the fall of Beacon and her disastrous defeat at the hands of Adam Taurus]] and struggles to find a road to recovery throughout Volume 4. She begins to take the first steps only when she realises her father had to choose which of his two daughters to protect when Ruby runs away from home because he can't be in two places at once. By the end of the volume, she's mastered the cybernetic arm General Ironwood obtained for her, colour-coded it to suit her style, and is racing through the wilds of Anima on her motorcycle to reunite with Ruby.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Leonardo spends half of the 4th season of the 2003 [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Ninja Turtles]] cartoon in a funk after a huge near-miss with the Shredder. His increasingly maniacal training schedule, surly attitude, and short temper culminates in Splinter kicking him out to train with Hamato Yoshi's old master in Japan. Once he gets over his self-blame, Leo is able to return home... [[spoiler: to find the lair in ruins. But the turtle in blue is ''back.'' He has little trouble finding and gathering the scattered Turtles and Splinter. He even confronts the new leader of the Foot one-on-one while running errands for his battered comrades, and delivers a clear message of "don't bother my family again [[ItsPersonal or else]]."]]
** Leo gets an earlier instance of this halfway through the first season, when the process of reforging his swords, with Raphael's encouragement, helps him regain his spirit after being defeated and badly beaten by the Shredder and his minions. When he comes out at the end of the episode to announce that they're taking the fight back to the Shredder, it's a very clear declaration of this trope.
* Optimus Primal of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' quickly returns to EpicBattleBoredom after a brief bout of [[spoiler: '''[[BackFromTheDead being dead]]'''. It's a nicely satisfying [[BigDamnHeroes big slagging hero]] moment.]]
** [[spoiler:And he gets to be a metal gorilla which flies ''on a flying surfboard.'' ]]
** His return is marked by him blowing a hole through the wall of their base for no reason other than to be awesome.
*** He also gets another one earlier, after being released from an alien probe that he'd been trapped in.
*** Of course, there's also "The Return Of Optimus Prime" from G1. After the heartbreaking death in the movie... he came back. And wiped the HatePlague from existence. Because he's Optimus. Slagging. Prime.
--->'''Sky Lynx''': "It's true.. our leader is back!"
--->'''Optimus Prime''': "Yes, Sky Lynx. And this time, [[BadassBoast no force in the universe can stop me.]]"
** If you think that's something, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' one-uped it in [[spoiler: "Orion Pax Part 3". In the season finale, Optimus lost his memories and reverted to his pre-Prime state after using the power of the Matrix to save the Earth. When his memories are restored, it's shown when he {{Bare Handed Blade Block}}s Megatron, complete with this one liner]]:
--->[[spoiler:'''Optimus''': "Megatron, be gone!"]]
** [[spoiler:Then it one upped the one up in the fourth episode of season three where Optimus, after being badly hurt due to the Decepticons destroying the Autobots' base, gets a CameBackStrong with a new, bigger body and pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment to save the others and help them bring down Megatron's fortress]].
* When WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom is powerless and being attacked by thousands of ghosts, his ghostly abilities get shot back into action, resulting in this;
-->'''Danny''': Well, there's good news and bad news. The good news? My powers are back. The bad news? My powers are BACK!
* Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' makes a [[BigDamnHeroes triumphant reappearance]] in the finale, [[spoiler:destroying Ozai's airship as it enters the Earth Kingdom]].
-->'''Suki''': What just happened‌?\\
'''Sokka''': Itís Aang! Heís back!
** In the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', his successor Korra follows suit at the beginning of Book 4 after [[spoiler:being tortured, traumatized, and poisoned by the Red Lotus]] at the end of Book 3. Notably, it took a 3-year {{Timeskip}} and 4 episodes to do it.
*** Unusually for this trope, Korra has to come back multiple times on different levels. First she has to physically remove the poison from her body, and then she has to emotionally confront the root of her trauma.
* This happens to the main characters in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony, Part 2]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' after being [[BreakTheCutie emotionally broken]] and brainwashed by [[BigBad Discord]].
--> '''Discord''': Chaos is a wonderful, wonderful thing.
--> '''Twilight Sparkle''': (offscreen) Not as [[ThePowerOfFriendship wonderful as friendship]]! (camera pans to the Mane Cast in an AssKickingPose with trumphant music)
** Happens again in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure]], when [[spoiler: Twilight has to lead her friends to help each other rediscover who they really are]].
** A rare HeelFaceTurn version in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks. After the first movie, former-AlphaBitch Sunset Shimmer spends the entire sequel trying to find acceptance and atone for her cruelty, [[RealityEnsues but has trouble with this when everyone outside the Humane Six look at her with contempt]], and is no better than an outsider to our heroines. Even when she tries to stand up to the [[BigBad Dazzlings]], she gets knocked down a few pegs for her troubles, and everything that follows only serves to try and break her even more. And yet, despite everything she faced, when [[BigGood Twilight Sparkle]] calls out for her help, she only has a second of hesitation [[JumpedAtTheCall before she turns to face the Dazzlings down and fight alongside her friends]]. And her reward for her ordeal? [[spoiler:[[TransformationSequence She unlocks her own magic]] and [[SixthRanger transforms into her pony form alongside the Rainbooms]]. That moment when she poses with a hand on her hip and a cocky smirk? That's when you know [[HesBack she's back]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': In "The Problem With Power" Skeletor devises a plan to make He-Man think he's killed a villager resulting in such a giant HeroicBSOD that He-Man throws away his sword and [[TenMinuteRetirement quits]] being He-Man forever resulting in the good guys being left with no alternative but to send Teela on a suicide mission to try and save the day. Orko finds out about the plot and manages to enlighten Prince Adam just in time for He-Man to make a BigDamnHeroes come-back to save both the day and Teela.
* An excellent moment occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "I Am the Night." Already wondering if his crusade is doing any good at all, Batman snaps when Commissioner Jim Gordon is wounded after he's late helping Gotham Police during a bust, due the the Dark Knight visiting the site of his parent's death as it happens to be the anniversary. He's so broken by this, he considers hanging up the mantle of the bat even when Dick Grayson comes by to give him some moral support. Later on, word gets out that the man who put Gordon in the hospital is now looking to finish what he started. Dick attempts to rally Bruce to the scene, but he is unresponsive, and in the end Dick heads out as Robin to guard Gordon himself. And then just when Robin's getting ready to leave the the Bat Cave, he's stopped by Bruce, decked out once again in his Batman costume.
--> '''Batman''': No, Dick. This is ''my'' hunt.
* An interesting inversion comes in the middle of the 15th season of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Stan turns ten, and suddenly begins to view everything around him in a much more ... erm ... crappy light. At the end of the two-episode long arc, he's back ... but only with [[DrowningMySorrows a bit of help]].
* In "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back," an episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', there were two examples. Bender's personality chip was removed by Morgan Proctor and hidden in the Augean files of the Central Bureaucracy, leaving Bender unable to say anything other than "I am Bender; please insert girder" in an emotionless monotone. It was explained that, in order to find it in time would require an atomic powered sorting machine, at which point Hermes calls out from the balcony "You rang?", his confidence having been restored. Then, when Bender's personality is successfully restored, he declares "I am Bender, baby! Please insert liquor!"
* After spending the first half of the final season battling with depression, WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack is reminded by [[spoiler:a {{Heel Face Turn}}ed Ashi]] just how much good he's done. It works -- he regains his HeroicResolve [[spoiler:just when he was on the edge of committing {{Seppuku}}]]. This is followed up in in the next episode, as he undergoes a VisionQuest wherein he finally vanquishes the inner rage and despair that have been haunting him all season, finally earning the right to [[spoiler: have his sword returned to him]], which fully restores him to how he was in the previous seasons.
** After spending most of the final season battling his own depression and refusing to even ''spy'' on Jack out of perceived uselessness, [[BigBad Aku]] himself finds his fire rekindled when his [[LosingYourHead damaged]] minion Scaramouche finally arrives at his fortress after his battle with Jack in the first episode to tell him [[spoiler:Jack has lost his magic sword and thus the only way to kill him]]. Aku is so elated he restores Scaramouche and heads off to confront Jack [[spoiler:only to find Scaramouche was too late with the information and [[YouHaveFailedMe kills the robot]]. However, this act lets him figure out [[LukeIAmYourFather Ashi's relationship to him as his daughter]] and [[IHaveYourWife at last disarm and have his greatest opponent at his mercy]]]]. Thus, Aku is fully restored to how he was in the previous seasons as well.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr fell into drug and alcohol abuse and dropped off of Hollywood's radar for the most part during the late 90's. Then came 2008 and Film/IronMan.
* 3rd of September, 1939. Britain declares war on Germany, and the Royal Navy receives a message: [[UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill "Winston is back."]]
* UsefulNotes/DukeOfCaxias had retired from war and went into a career of politics. Then came the WarOfTheTripleAlliance, and once more he took command of the army.
* Creator/MichaelJordan retired from basketball in 1993 after the murder of his father. After a couple of unproductive seasons playing minor league baseball (and [[Film/SpaceJam saving the LooneyTunes from aliens]]), he announced his return to the NBA in 1995 with two simple words: '''"I'm back."'''
* General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur on returning to the Philippines in 1944, fulfilling a vow he made 2 years earlier to do so.
* World-renown {{Pinball}} designer Creator/SteveRitchie stopped designing pinballs in 1995, due to Creator/WilliamsElectronics leaving the industry and the decline of arcade gaming in general. When he returned eight years later with ''Pinball/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', the advertisements simply said, in big, bold letters, '''HE'S BACK!''' [[note]]With the byline, "Steve Ritchie, designer of many of the greatest pinball machines of all time, brings you a new pinball for the 21st Century."[[/note]]
* Four years after announcing on a live television event that he was leaving Cleveland for Miami, UsefulNotes/LeBronJames announced his return to Northeast Ohio with a fantastically received ''Sports Illustrated'' essay that simply ended with "I'm coming home."
* Creator/{{SNK}} declared bankruptcy in 2001, and its various game franchises fell into the hands of other companies. CEO Eikichi Kawasaki then spend the next two years rehiring many ex-staff and rebuilding the company. By 2003, SNK Playmore had regained many (if not all) of its former franchises.
* After leaving Konami and founding his own studio, Creator/HideoKojima walked on stage at Sony's E3 2016 press conference to show off [[VideoGame/DeathStranding his new game]] and simply declared "I'm back!"
* Earvin "Magic" Johnson was forced to retire from [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} the NBA]] during the 1991-1992 season due to his HIV Positive status, at a time when he was still playing at an All-Star level and public knowledge of HIV/AIDS was more rumor and urban myth than fact. In 1996, he was medically cleared to play and rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1995-1996 season, when HIV was better understood and was no longer considered an instant death sentence. Johnson returned both to show that people with HIV could live their lives normally and so that his final season would be played on his terms.
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} experienced this twice. The first time was with in 2006, when the prospect of Nintendo quitting the home console business altogether was becoming increasingly believable after the middling performances of the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 and the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube, combined with large amounts of skepticism towards the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, a console that relied on motion controls and output standard-definition video when HD was on the rise. Lo and behold, the Wii proceeded to become a smash hit thanks to its ease of accessibility attracting casual audiences that competing console makers hardly considered, and became Nintendo's best-selling home console of all time. The second time was with the launch of the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch in 2017, after the commercial failure that was the UsefulNotes/WiiU. Learning from its predecessor's mistakes, the Switch came in with a strong ad campaign, a promising lineup of much-hyped games, and a significant amount of third-party support by their own standards (having lost the majority of their third-party developers during the Nintendo 64 era); while time will tell to see if this will undo the damage the Wii U caused, the fact that the Switch had the best launch of any Nintendo system '''to date''' certainly has gamers proclaiming that the Big N is back!