"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before The Empire. ... Now the Jedi are all but extinct.
"Not the last of the old Jedi, Luke. The first of the new.
Long ago, there existed an order
of people who battled evil valiantly but have since fallen into disarray and were ultimately forgotten. But as the ancient evil
rises its head again, a new group of heroes will take up the fallen banner of their ancestors and defend the world that they passed down to them in their name.
The Order Reborn
is a reincarnation of an extinct heroic organization that has been forgotten over time but resurrected by the distant successors to combat evil, new or old. It is probably based on the old principles but (ideally) with adjustments made to prevent it from meeting the same end.
Usually precipitated by the Last of His Kind
, who will become The Mentor
. The "order" being rebuilt is often The Chosen Many
. A subtrope of The Order
. Compare with Putting the Band Back Together
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Anime and Manga
- "From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. The legend of Voltron: Defender of the Universe. A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil. As Voltron's legend grew, peace settled across the galaxy. On Planet Earth, a Galaxy Alliance was formed. Together with the good planets of the Solar System, they maintained peace throughout the universe until a new horrible menace threatened the galaxy. Voltron was needed once more. This is the story of the superforce of space explorers, specially trained and sent by the Alliance to bring back Voltron: Defender of the Universe."
- The Green Lantern Corps in The DCU in the arcs ending with "The Road Back. It also happened after the Arcs Green Lantern: Rebirth and Green Lantern: Recharge.
- The Nova Corps in the Marvel Universe went through something similar after the Annihilation: Conquest story.
- DC's Shadowpact is revealed to be an unknowing revival of an ancient order that appears once every few years, in different forms, with different purposes but under the same name. It is revealed, by the Phantom Stranger, that the Shadowpact always fails.
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has had several incarnations over the years, including a 16th century version led by Prospero, and an 18th century team featuring Lemuel Gulliver and Lord Blakeney in its roster.
- The New Jedi Order established by Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars Expanded Universe is the archetypal example. They used to be a major force in the galaxy, then they diminished into Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Both of them lived in exile. Then they took turns training Luke Skywalker, who ushered in a new era for the Jedi.
- After gathering the Lorestones, Lone Wolf is able to re-establish the Kai Lords twenty years after their destruction.
- Inheritance Cycle is going this route with the Dragon Rider organization. Eragon was a big deal because he was the first such rider in decades, and could lead to many more.
- Deryni: This relationship between the Michaelines and the Knights of the Anvil is alluded to from time to time. When the Michaelines were suppressed in Gwynedd, many members sought sanctuary with the Anvillers, bringing their knowledge and some of their portable wealth with them. While the Anvillers have other influences (including Muslim ones), they seem to be a mixed human/Deryni military order that eschewed the spotlight of political prominence that Michaelines had, perhaps so as to avoid the Michaelines' fate.
- Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix was formed during the dark times when Voldemort and his Death Eaters were wreaking havoc. Once Voldemort returns (despite the vehement insistence of the Ministry of Magic), the Order reforms... although it's only been 15 years, so the Order is primarily composed of its (surviving) original members.
- Andrey Livadny's The History of the Galaxy: the Confederacy of Suns and its military are dissolved after 1000 years for lack of external enemies and the desires of the colonies for self-governance. After just 20 years, humanity is attacked by a previously-unknown alien race bent on crippling and, possibly, wiping us out. It is up to a few soldiers, headed by four veterans of the Confederacy to defeat the overwhelming enemy and restore the Confederacy for common defense. One of them, a young woman, becomes the first President of the Confederacy, despite having no prior political or governing experience. Later novels show a rebuilt Confederacy after only a few years, its mildest back to full strength, despite many of the ships and Real Robots being scrapped at the end of the first one.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Night's Watch is a shadow of its legendary heritage — the harsh conditions and spartan lifestyle caused such recruiting problems in the past that it gradually become an Army of Thieves and Whores, assignment to which was considered slightly preferable to execution. Meanwhile, the apparent disappearance of the Others, the Humanoid Abominations the Watch was founded to defend against, led to them losing their purpose, and the Others' recent comeback lead Jon Snow and others to believe that the order needs to be whipped back into shape. Once he becomes Lord Commander, he starts making drastic changes with this in mind, including making peace with the wildlings beyond the Wall and seeking help from various noble houses of the realm. This makes him a lot of enemies among the other officers, and he eventually falls to a mutiny.
- Kindling Ashes: One of the goals of the Fire Souls is to re-establish the Flyer organization. Many of them have already learned the lore and skills necessary to become fliers.
- In The Stormlight Archive, the Knights Radiant, defenders of mankind, turned their backs on humanity and abandoned their weapons many years before the books, gaining the reputation of traitors and blasphemers. However, the return of the threat they once defended against leads to them starting to make a comeback, heralded by Kaladin. As of Words Of Radiance, Shallan, Dalinar, Renarin and (secretly) Szeth have joined their ranks. Additionally, this is the explicit goal of villain Taravangian: he seeks to foster chaos and destruction to induce the return of the Knights Radiant, in order for them to fight something that is coming.
Live Action TV
- High Guard from Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. Granted, the High Guard are more of a Space Navy that an Order, but when stuck between the Nietzcheans and the Magog, anyone could put on the white hat.
- The Dragons from Feng Shui are repeatedly destroyed by the evil forces that they oppose, but they keep being reformed by new members.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine, you can reestablish the eponymous chivalric order that was disbanded some 200 years ago.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can help reform the Blades by bringing in new recruits to Delphine.
- In the DLC "Dawnguard"
- The titular order of vampire hunters went extinct in the Second Era and was revived by a Well-Intentioned Extremist when the threat of vampires resurged in the fourth era.
- You can also bring the Dark Brotherhood and Thieves' Guild back from the brink of extinction in their respective quest lines.
- Warcraft has the Order of the Silver Hand from the world. The Paladins of the Order served to defend the human kingdoms through the second war and a bit of the third war as Light-empowered healing-capable knights, but were disbanded in Warcraft III by a crazed Arthas when Uther the Lightbringer refused to help him purge the plague-infested town of Stratholme. Most of the Paladins themselves, including Uther, were killed shortly afterwards by Arthas and the Scourge after he became a rampaging Death Knight. Of those that lived, a large chunk went on to form the fanatical Scarlet Crusade, while the rest held onto a disorganized remnant at most, and were largely Knights of the Silver Hand in name only. Years later in World of Warcraft, when former knight Tirion Fordring's son Taelan is killed by the Scarlet Crusade, he reforms the order to combat both the Scourge and the Crusade. In Wrath of the Lich King, Arthas' failed attack on Light's Hope Chapel leads to the Silver Hand merging with the Argent Dawn (a good splinter faction of the Scarlet Crusade) to form the Argent Crusade, which would lead the charge on Icecrown Citadel. In addition, despite its incorporation into the neutral Argent Crusade, the Order of the Silver Hand does still exist as an Alliance-aligned entity, as new Human and Dwarf paladins are knighted as members of the Silver Hand. There's a bit of irony in this, as Fordring was exiled from the order by Uther for helping an old orc.
- Dragon Age: Origins
- While there are other Grey Wardens on Thedas, you and Alistair are the last of the Wardens in Ferelden after the Battle of Ostagar. By the end of the game, your victory over the Fifth Blight redeems the Wardens' reputation in Ferelden — it's mentioned earlier that the Wardens aren't very popular in Ferelden due to a past Warden's attempted coup. In Awakening you have to start conscripting new Wardens after the ones from Orlais are all killed/captured by the Darkspawn, taking your journey full circle from conscriptee to conscripter.
- At the end of the second prequel book, all that's left of the Wardens in Ferelden are Duncan and Alistair's mother, both relatively new recruits. Duncan is charged by his superiors in Weisshaupt Fortress to rebuild the order in Ferelden. He succeeds but not enough to stop the next Blight.
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the upcoming third game in the series, this will be played straight, as the plot surrounds the return of the titular Inquisition, an ancient order which was disbanded 900 years before the present age.
- After the destruction of the Jedi Order in between the events of Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic 2, Meera Sutrik's apprentices canonically rebuild the Order essentially from scratch, given that none ever had formal Jedi training other than what Meera taught them.
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Ezio sets about rebuilding the Assassin order in Rome, after the destruction of their primary base in Monterigionni. Unlike most Order Reborn plots, the Assassin brotherhood's support infrastructure is still intact, but the membership needs to be completely rebuilt and reorganized in a hostile area of Italy being dominated by their enemies. Once Ezio starts recruiting dedicated Assassins, he can dispatch them to support other Assassin operations across Europe. While Ezio can only recruit up to 12 assassins, by the end, they can all achieve the rank of Master Assassin and, therefore, be able to have recruits of their own.
- Ditto in Assassins Creed III, where the Assassins were all but destroyed in the New World by the Templars (it helps that the Grand Master of the Templars' New World Chapter is a former Assassin, who knows all the ins and outs of his former comrades). Connor calls Achilles out on the fact that it happened on his watch. By that point, Achilles is an old man with a cane whom the Templars (usually) leave in peace as long as he stays in the Davenport Homestead and doesn't try anything. It's up to Connor to rebuild the Assassins by recruiting those dissatisfied with the British rule and sending them on missions to other colonies. The state of the Assassins in the Old World is unknown.
- Following the events of Diablo III, Tyrael reforms the ancient order known as the Horadrim in Reaper of Souls to seal away the Prime Evil and combat other growing supernatural threats in Sanctuary.
- Practitioners of Woo Foo in Yin Yang Yo have had this happen constantly; in the back story, it's established that each time, part of the reason was that the fighters couldn't work together and lost because of it.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Air Nomads were wiped out prior to the start of the series with only the title character surviving. Come Season 3 of the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, a Mass Super-Empowering Event has caused new Airbenders to start popping up all over the world, and rebuilding the Air Nation is a major subplot for the season.
- The Olympic Games - first recorded in 776 BC in honor of Zeus. They went on every four years (stopping wars in the process, at least temporarily) until Emperor Theodosius I of Rome suppressed them in 394 AD. The concept was revived on and off starting in the 17th Century until an explicit International Olympic Committee was formed in 1890 (though no longer in honor of Greek mythological gods, the more general idea of different nations competing in competitions less brutal than war stuck). The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 and have occured every four years since (save for some very major distractions.)