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->''"We're putting the band back together."''
-->-- '''Elwood Blues''', ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''

This nifty little scenario is common in sequels, especially after a TimeSkip, but it also happens at the beginning, which basically just means that the original 'Band' existed prior to the beginning.

'Back then', the RagtagBunchOfMisfits were kicking ass and taking names all over the place. Alas, the golden days came to an end, and [[TheFellowshipHasEnded they split up, took ordinary jobs, started families]]...

But now [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed a new threat looms]]! And there's only one team that can solve it, so it's time to put the old band back together. There are two possible ways to do this: One is that the old {{leader}} picks up where he left off, seeking out his old friends and convincing 'em to join up with him again. But just as often, the old leader isn't available - may be dead, or may have retired, or may have simply disappeared. Or maybe he's just not interested at all. (In that case, he's the first one they visit, only to get turned away, but he'll probably show up anyway just when the rest of the crew has been gathered, or later, [[ChangedMyMindKid in the nick of time to save the day.]]) Anyway, if it's a former minor character who's gathering the band, that means that he or she will probably be the new leader.

Either way, various things will happen during this episode. A member may be reluctant, and require our heroes to jump through hoops to get him onboard. Several may be working jobs that are oddly appropriate, or ironically inappropriate, to their former role. Extra characterisation will occur by showing what kind of activities are taking up their free time, or what kind of family they've started. A former big-shot is likely to have become completely washed-up, turned into a drunk and/or bum, and the heroes will have to revitalize his burning spirit to bring him back to his old glory.

Compare with AvengersAssemble, EveryoneMeetsEveryone, & OrderReborn.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'':
** Occurs in ''[[TheMovie Prince of Darkness]]'', in which Ruri reunites the old Nadesico crew after a TimeSkip.
** Happened in the anime proper, too. After Nergal [[spoiler:disbands the crew]], Ruri demonstrates possibly the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome highest awesome-to-body-mass ratio in anime]] and just about singlehandedly [[spoiler:re-hijacks the ship]].
* A strange version in ''Bubblegum Crash'' -- Sylia calls everyone together to announce that they're reuniting; Nene thought they were being called together to announce that they were breaking up.
* After ''Manga/{{BECK}}'' break up temporarily, Koyuki tries to reunite everybody from the band, though he has great troubles finding Ryuusuke, who went road-tripping in America.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Simon, Yoko, Rossiu, the Black Siblings and [[spoiler:Viral]] put the Gurren Brigade back together to fight [[spoiler:the Anti-Spirals]].
* Pre-timeskip part of ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' fits this trope really well. When Kenji realizes that disasters he and his gang imagined about during their elementary school years are happening in reality, he contacts his old friends who made up the prophecy together to stop 'Friend' who is from the old gang from elementary school.
** So do both post-timeskip parts really. Although there isn't a moment where they ''all'' meet together [[spoiler:until the very end]], a lot of time is devoted to the friends trying to reunite with each other after [[spoiler: 15 years apart]].
** Also happens literally, with [[spoiler:Kenji's band getting back together for a reunion concert after "Bob Lennon" becomes an underground hit in Friend-ruled Japan.]]
* The first volume of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' has [[BigGood Commander Hayate]] reconstructing the [[TheSquad Riot Force Six task force]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' so they could resolve the Hückebein and Eclipse case before it could grow into a serious incident.
* This happens in ''Manga/OnePiece''. After Kuma [[spoiler:scattered the crew to the four corners of the world, Luffy gives them an appointment to meet in Sabaody after two years, after they have powered up, to put the band back together]].
* An unusual variation in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', where Kyon reassembles the SOS Brigade... or at least their alternate universe counterparts.
* ''Anime/TheLegendOfBlackHeaven'': Oji Tanaka needs to get his old band back together to operate an alien superweapon, which is powered by rock music.
* Ultimately subverted in the latter part of the Golden Age Arc in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.
* In the second episode of ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', the original witches of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing all return to face the new Neuroi threat.
* Happens near the end of ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' - despite all of their brand-spanking new jobs and hang ups, the girls comes running back to Tokyo when [[spoiler:Yugi makes her move, kidnapping Sasami and starting to crystalize the rest of the world.]]
* ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'':
** The Bladebreakers were separated before the start of ''V-Force'', since all members either returned to their homeland or moved to their other parents. When the Saint Shields and Team Psykick show up, the former team beat Takao, Rei and Max in solo battles while Kai is fought to a draw, so they reunite their team.
** At the beginning of ''G-Revolution'', the Bladebreakers are disbanded because neither Max nor Rei nor Kai want to stand in Takao's shadow. In the last arc, the members reunite to fight the BEGA's Justice Five. The Bladebreakers take the name G-Revolutions from there on. It should be mentioned that the G-Revolutions have a fighting member more (Daichi) than the original Bladebreakers.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': After the one year timeskip following the battle with Tartarus, [[spoiler:Natsu returns and is horrified to find out that Fairy Tail was disbanded. He and Lucy set off to gather the old members and bring Fairy Tail back together, and they first come across Wendy and Carla, who joined Lamia Scale. [[IdiotHero Natsu]] assumes everyone would immediately drop everything and rejoin Fairy Tail in an instant, and is shocked and outraged when Wendy and Carla adamantly refuse to leave Lamia Scale and the friends they made there. Though the two later agree to rejoin after beating their enemies.]].
* In the sequel to ''Manga/Brave10'', Saizo, Sasuke, Kakei and Hanzo go to a lot of work to get everyone back together after [[BreakingTheFellowship the Braves fall apart]], but they're still short four by the start of the final battle. Then the BigDamnHeroes parade begins.
* In ''Anime/DigimonTheMovie'''s second part, the Digidestined of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', after a long period of peace, have split apart and leading their own lives, with only Tai and Izzy on hand to monitor and attempt to stop Diaboromon. They both quickly decide to try to get the gang back together as their best bet on defeating this virus-like threat but soon find out that most of the other Digidestined are either busy doing something else[[note]]Mimi is vacationing in Hawaii, and Joe is taking supplementary classes in school during their break[[/note]] or not in a position to participate[[note]]Matt and TK are in a small rural village with almost no Internet access, and Sora has cut off contact with Tai after feeling insulted at the latter's gift for her birthday[[/note]]. They succeed, but only partially: By the end of the fight, only Matt and TK have actually joined, albeit from a distance via the Internet.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Captain Metropolis tried to do this in a flashback in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' only for it to fall completely flat.
** The trailers to [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the movie]] try to make it seem as if this is the plot proper in true NeverTrustATrailer spirit.
** However, some of the team members do get back together again as stimulated by Rorschach.
* The original ''ComicBook/XFactor'' comic started with Jean Grey doing this to her old teammates upon coming BackFromTheDead.
* Both ''ComicBook/{{Cable}}'' and ''[[ComicBook/XForce Domino]]'' do this, at different times, with their old mercenary band, the Wild Pack / Six Pack.
* This trope is invoked by name in the new ComicBook/DarkwingDuck revival comic book. Only in this case, it's the ''villains'' who are getting their band back together, while the hero is still [[AchillesInHisTent sulking his way through a forced retirement.]]
* This trope is said word for word in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueGenerationLost''. [[Characters/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Maxwell Lord]] decides to bring ComicBook/BoosterGold, Ice, Fire, ComicBook/CaptainAtom and the new ComicBook/BlueBeetle and Rocket Red back together to reform the Justice League International. Of course, Max Lord is a villain this time around, and none of the heroes are too happy about being reunited against their will.
** Back when Maxwell Lord was a good guy, he tried to do this with the ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational at the end of the "Breakdowns" arc. [[AvertedTrope He failed, however]]. [[DoubleSubversion And then succeeded]] in the ''Justice League Spectacular'' one-shot.
* Specifically invoked by ComicBook/GreenArrow at the start of BradMeltzer's Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} run. Unusually, it's not him that they've come to recruit...
* In ''ComicBook/ZodiacStarforce'', Kim ''really'' wants to get the various members of the Starforce reunited, even though as far as the rest of the team is concerned they're done fighting monsters.
* After years of them being either on other teams, in comic book limbo or dead, the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' 2017 relaunch is naturally [[http://www.cbr.com/marvel-runaways-revival-rainbow-rowell-kris-anka/ all about this]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection: During the Invasion of the Sound, Tsunade forces the old team Hizashi; Iruka, Anko, and Yugao, to work together again. By the end of the mission, they have worked out the issues that caused them to break up (except, of course, Hizashi death).
* ''Fanfic/{{Windfall}}'' is about the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Mane Six]], who had since gone their separate ways as their lives moved on, coming back together for the birth of Fluttershy's first child.
* In ''Fanfic/OneYear'', [[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} Yu Narukami]] resolves to do this- not with [[TrueCompanions the Investigation Team, which has remained close in the months after his departure from Inaba]], but with the group of friends he had prior to coming to Inaba, since his time in Inaba convinced him to make the most of his time in any one place and not keep people at a distance. Unfortunately, due to his friends' various issues, from increased demands on their time due to studying for exams to an ArrangedMarriage, this is harder than it seems.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonNovaAndAntica'', we are treated to a brand-new region in Tenla. Expecting Ash to meet brand new travelling companions? Dead wrong. Misty, Brock, May, and Dawn have all come to Tenla. Ash is more than overjoyed to have this nostalgic homecoming.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler:As with canon, the new Mane Six manage to get the Humane Five to realize they were deliberately targeted and split up by Sunset Shimmer, repairing their bonds.]]
* ''Fanfic/OfSheepAndBattleChicken'': Played straight and subverted in the third story. While Shepard is playing this trope straight in her actions of reassembling her old team, due to the fact that several of them are operating under assumed identities she is unaware that this is what she is doing until after she finds them.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The TropeNamer is ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', in which Jake utters the line "We're putting The Band back together!" several times while gathering the old members of their band for one last performance to save their old orphanage.
** Happens again in ''Film/BluesBrothers2000'', with a few extra additions, though it would've been harder if the band had known ''why'' Elwood was getting them back together that time.
* The movie ''Film/OnceUponATexasTrain'' has it happen twice: once with a band of train robbers and once with a group of retired Texas Rangers recruited to stop them.
* Creator/ClintEastwood's ''Film/SpaceCowboys'' -- because they are the only astronauts who know COBOL.
* An odd subversion of the trope appears in Quentin Tarantino's Film/KillBill (parts 1 and 2), which sees Uma Thurman's character visiting each member of her once-lethal team of assassins in their new lives and attempting to kill them all rather than reuniting them.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Kirk had to do some string pulling to get Spock and [=McCoy=] back.
** ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' was slated to feature a similar sequence, with everyone either preparing to retire or move on to other jobs, but they scrapped it and just had a bit of dialogue before the briefing starts.
** For the audience, though not the characters, ''Film/StarTrek'', the 2009 movie, is essentially this trope as well.
* In ''Film/TheMuppets'', Muppets fans Walter, Gary, and Mary try to get Kermit to get the Muppets back together after learning that Muppet Studios is going to be bought by an oil magnate, in hopes that they can organize a telethon to buy it back. [[spoiler:The telethon is unsuccessful, but the group decides to stick together, and they end up getting the Studio back anyways.]]
* In ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'', John Slade reassembles the team of black heroes who once took down Mr. Big.
* The first ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie had the group disband at the beginning, and then rejoining for another mystery. Also done with the animated movie ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland''.
* ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' sequels has the hockey team regroup for each competition. Between their lack of off-season practice, moving to a higher level, figuring out how to incorporate the new members (as well as compensate for the members they've lost) with each new film, they need to do some adjustments.
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' arranges for this. NASA wants Bruce Willis's character to help their team; he'll only go if he can take all his own band of oil drillers. They have split up across the country -- that's what they do when they're on leave. Government force is gently used to put them back together.
* The Robert Rodriguez film ''Film/{{Desperado}}''. El Mariachi is reuniting his former bandmates, and tells them to bring their guitars, [[ChewBubblegum but not to play music.]]
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the protagonist must convince his old training buddies to reunite and begin practicing kung fu again -- in order to [[MundaneUtility play soccer]]. Many of them are of the "unmotivated wash-up" variety, although there's also one who's a businessman comfortable with his new life.
* Happens in ''Film/UncommonValor'' when a wealthy businessman finances a raid to rescue [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POW POW]]s from Vietnam.
* A meta-example in the ''Film/TheHobbit'' films in which Creator/PeterJackson brings back former ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' cast members. Frodo, Gandalf, Elrond, Gollum, Saruman, Legolas, Galadriel, and the elderly Bilbo are all featured in the films.
* ''Film/StillCrazy'' features almost every last element of this trope and plays it straight- a minor member of the band instigating it (Tony Costello the keyboardist played by Creator/StephenRea), the reluctant lynchpin who has since become a family man (Les Wicks the bassist played by Creator/JimmyNail), the member who's since found unusual employment (Beano Baggett, the drummer played by Creator/TimothySpall, now working in a nursery; 'not with children?' their groupie turned manager exclaims- she's right, it's a plant nursery) and the washed up lead singer who's lost his mojo (Creator/BillNighy in a forerunner to his better known turn as Billy Mack in ''Film/LoveActually''). It even has the member believed dead but returning in the nick of time to save the day (Brian, the band's former lead guitarist played by Creator/BruceRobinson). A textbook case of this trope.
* Sort of in ''Film/StandUpGuys'' where former bank robbers Walken, Pacino and Arkin meet up after 28 years and keep telling each other "It's just like the old days", while Pacino adds "It's better" because they appreciate it more now. Though they didn't get together to pull another job they do find a couple of missions as the film progresses.
* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'': This is said word for word when Gary is gathering everyone up. He even has to specify that he isn't being literal after Stephen pointed out he sold his guitar to buy drugs.
* ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'': Ron Burgundy has to put his old crew back together after being offered a job at a 24 hour news network.
* ''Film/TheConcert'', a more literal example of this trope.

* ''Literature/TwentyYearsAfter'', the sequel to ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', is both an example and a subversion. Cardinal Mazarin asks d'Artagnan to find his three old friends, who have left the service long ago, and convince them to join back and help the Cardinal against his enemies. But only Porthos JumpedAtTheCall; Athos and Aramis excuse themselves... [[spoiler:and we find out several chapters later that the reason is that they are already involved with the other side]].
* Happened in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime''. It was played straight, in a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book! Anyway, what happens is that the world is about to end, and so Death tries to round up the other three members of the Four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse. They all refuse, but later come just in time anyway and decide to [[spoiler: start kicking Auditor butt instead of heralding the end of the world. This includes the fifth horseman, Kaos, [[ThePeteBest who left before they got big]] but rejoins just in the nick of time.]]
* In [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'', one character brings together her old army unit to help her search for the Lazy Gun.
* In a rather unusual use of this trope, Kyon does exactly this in the 4th ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novel. Of course, it's a AlternateUniverse, and no one knows about "the band".
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', chosen cats from [[Literature/WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy the second series]] reunite in ''Outcast'' to help Tribe again.
* The poem ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'', by Tennyson, features an old Ulysses contemplating how life sucks now that he has gotten home, and gotten old, and that the people no longer really need him. The rest of the poem is a speech to his old comrades about getting the band back together.
* In ''Literature/{{Zeroes}}'', the story begins with Bellwether working to reassemble the group, which had previously worked together but had broken up several years ago due to a conflict between Bellwether and Scam.
* Towards the end of ''[[Literature/TheLongEarth The Long Utopia]]'', all the major players of the ''Long Earth'' saga are assembled after spending years pursuing their own interests in different ways. Sister Agnes says it's like a Music/TheTravelingWilburys reunion.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* At the beginning of season 3 of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Leslie Knope announces she is "rounding up the team" after the government shutdown.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', this occurred with Sarah and the CAT squad, when they team up again against Augusto Gaez.
* Several times on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' could be considered this. In the Pilot episode, when Dean breaks in to Sam and Jessica's house to tell Sam their father is missing and that they have to find him. [[spoiler:Of course, Sam thinks it's a one time thing. And then Jess dies.]]
** Again in Season 4, when [[spoiler:Dean returns from hell and is reunited with Bobby and Sam, as well as introduced to Castiel.]]
** At the the start of Season 6, [[spoiler:when Sam gets back from Hell and gets Dean after Dean has taken up residence with Ben and Lisa.]]
** In Season 7 after [[spoiler:Castiel's]] sanity is restored, Team Free Will with the edition of Meg get together to take down the head leviathan, [[spoiler:Dick Roman.]]
** And finally again in Season 8 when [[spoiler:Dean escapes purgatory, joining up again with Sam and Kevin. And then Castiel comes back from Purgatory via Angel Express and Team Free Will is briefly reunited for a few episodes.]]
* In Season 9 of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Cameron makes multiple mentions of 'getting the band back together'.
** And when Colonel Carter returns in episode 6, she asks, "but who's the new backup singer?" about Vala.
* Season 3 of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', The Return Pt. 1 and 2; the team reunites to reclaim the city from Replicators and prevent it from being destroyed by Stargate Command.
* ''The Return of Series/TheManFromUncle: The Fifteen Years Later Affair''
* The 2002 revival of ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'' begins with the surviving members of the old gang (last seen in 1986) getting together for another member's wake. [[spoiler:It turns out that he's not really dead, but arranged his wake as a stunt specifically to reassemble the old team. They soon learn that another of the old gang has died -- not surprisingly, since the actor who played him had died in 1986.]]
* The second season of ''Series/PhoenixNights'' begins this way.
* A season premiere of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' happens this way, with Brennan, Booth, and the Squint Squad reuniting to help Cam with what was thought to be one case (which turned out to be two). And by the way, [[ItMakesSenseInContext CAM is really the lynchpin personality.]]
* Series/{{Sharpe}}'s Waterloo begins with Sharpe, Harper, Harris and Hagman, the last of the Chosen Men, coming back together from France, Ireland and wherever the other two have been to see Napoleon defeated once and for all.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Vance disbands the entire team in a season finale, but StatusQuoIsGod, and naturally they put the band back together in the season premiere.
* Lt. Daniels spends most of Season 2 of ''Series/TheWire'' putting the Barksdale detail from Season 1 back together as the new Sobotka detail, which he hopes to eventually turn into a permanent Major Case Unit.
* The whole point of the Creator/DisneyXD show ''Series/ImInTheBand''.
* Used as a theme with the ensemble in ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. The running gag is that, while each of them used to work solo as criminals, they've gotten [[GoodFeelsGood hooked on helping people]]
* The plot of comedy-drama ''Hunting Venus'' revolves around an early eighties new romantic band getting together again for a reunion twenty years on. Unfortunately they can barely remember how to play their instruments, the lead guitarist has had a sex-change, and nobody can recall how the hit single went.
* The trope is mentioned by name but otherwise averted in the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "Nothing Personal"; [[spoiler: following SHIELD's official dissolution,]] Maria Hill, now working for [[Film/IronMan Stark Industries]], tells Coulson, "We're not putting the band back together."
* The opening two-parter of ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' season 3. The [[LegacyCharacter new Hooded Man]], after finding that [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive the call knows where he lives]], has to reassemble the outlaws to rescue Marion.
* In season 3 episode 4 of Series/{{Zoo}} Jackson tells Abe, "C'mon, let's get the band back together." immediately prior to the full assembly of the cast primaries following season 2's cataclysmic conclusion.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' GrandFinale, "All Good Things...", Picard in the possible future rallies the former ''Enterprise''-D crew for his help.
** Similarly, in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Visitor", another possible future has an elderly Jake Sisko seeking the former Deep Space 9 crew to help him.

* TruthInTelevision: All the many, many literal bands who have reformed "for ''one last tour'' (seriously, this is it, we promise)!"
** Of particular note is Music/{{Aerosmith}}, who formed in the early 70s and broke up in the 80s largely due to rampant drug use and personality conflicts. After they all went to rehab, the original lineup got back together, have been cranking out album after multi-platinum album ever since, and are still going strong as of 2013.
** Music/TheEagles broke up over internal conflicts, but reunited and have been going strong ever since. As Glenn Frey put it:
---> "We never broke up, we just took a fourteen year vacation."
** It's become almost standard BoyBand practice to do at least one comeback album 15-30 years after the band's heyday, once the original fangirls are old enough to be nostalgic for their youth. Expect at least one ReplacementGoldfish for a member who's become a sucessful solo artist/died young/has a non-entertainment career they don't want to walk away from for the time necessary to record an album and go on tour.
** This is the point of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Reunion The Big Reunion]]'', a RealityShow about several bands that made it big in UK during TheNineties but eventually broke up, with each band being reunited to perform at a big concert by the end of the series. A lot of meeting of old friends, reopening of old wounds, and, eventual [[HeartwarmingMoments reconciliation]]. All of them end up deciding to restart their careers.
** The post-hardcore band Music/{{Finch}} had originally broken up in 2010, as a result of several false starts to a rumored third album. Two years later, the band members were contacted by their former manager to do some tenth anniversary shows to commemorate the release of the band's debut album, ''What It Is to Burn''. This eventually turned into a tour, and during this time the band started writing songs again. This resulted in the band's reunion, as well as the release of their long-awaited third album, fittingly entitled ''Back to Oblivion''.
* The (then) three surviving members of the [[Music/TheBeatles Fab Four]] got back together for ''Music/TheBeatles Anthology'' and finished two of John Lennon's home recordings. "Free as a Bird" required an entire bridge...
* Music/XJapan did this in 2007, finally accomplishing it completely in 2010 with the full return of [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]] and the selection of Music/{{Sugizo}} as permanent lead guitarist in place of the late [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]], and the one-show return of now-late bassist Music/TaijiSawada.
* The quartet of Music/EltonJohn, guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson, along with lyricist Bernie Taupin and producer Gus Dudgeon, helped create Elton's most critically and commercially successful period (''Honky Chateau'', ''Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player'', ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'', ''Caribou'', ''Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy''). Elton broke the band up in 1975, which led to a DorkAge in Elton's career which was only halted when Elton rehired Johnstone, Murray and Olsson in the band, hired Taupin full-time and made the ''Too Low for Zero'' album in 1983. The album was critically and commercially successful, and thanks to Creator/{{MTV}} videos like "I'm Still Standing" and "I Guess That's Why The Call It The Blues", led to a CareerResurrection in the mid-eighties.
* Happened with both Music/PinkFloyd and Music/LedZeppelin at Music/LiveAid - was supposed to happen to Music/TheBeatles as well (with Julian Lennon standing in from John Lennon), but alas, that one didn't [[IncrediblyLamePun come together...]] Also the only time Sting ever performed ''Money For Nothing'' with Music/DireStraits after the song's original recording.
** A better example for Led Zeppelin would be their 2007 reunion concert, documented in the film/CD ''Celebration Day''.
** Pink Floyd later re-reunited one last time at Live 8 in 2005. It now seems likely to *really* have been the last time, owing in large part to the 2008 death of keyboardist Rick Wright.
* All five members of country-pop band Restless Heart reunited in 2003 for one more album, and they tour sporadically to this day. They pretty much broke up in 1993, save for four of them reuniting temporarily in 1998 to make new songs for a GreatestHitsAlbum.
* Music/LunaSea and Phantasmagoria reunited for the [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] memorial summit in 2008, Music/LunaSea also for a Christmas concert in 2007. Of course, then they reunited for real in 2010.
* At Motorhead's 10th anniversary concert (documented in the album/video ''The Birthday Party''), Lemmy had ALL of the former members of Motorhead onstage for the finale.
* In a weird and appropriate example, ''Music/TenaciousD'' parody and exaggerate (MASSIVELY) their own break-up and reunion as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nai7w1frB1E here]].
* Having had more different line-ups than an Italian coalition government, and at least thirty-five different members over the years, [[IAmTheBand Dave Brock]] attempted to create the Hawkestra, bringing together ''everyone'' who had at one time or another played with space-rockers Music/{{Hawkwind}}. Alas, it only served to remind everyone as to ''why'' the band had broken up and reformed with new members so many times. The exercise broke up in disastrous acrimony, with people reviving old arguments, grievances, grudges, vendettas and blood-feuds, placing the blame on each other, but almost universally at that bastard Brock. Division of the revenues from the poorly-received Hawkestra gigs caused even more rows, and the repercussions simmer on today.
* Music/BlueOysterCult brought back Albert and Joe Bouchard, and Allen Lanier for their 40th anniversary show in November 2012. This ended up being the last ever performance featuring all five original members due to Lanier's death in August 2013.
* A meta example in Donald Fagen's song "H Gang", about an "orphan girl with that crazy red hair" putting her old band back together after she gets out of jail.
* This is essentially what happened with Cult Leader. After Gaza broke up (primarily due to rape accusations aimed at Jon Parkin; while nothing has ever been confirmed or denied, it has been strongly hinted that they were completely genuine), Anthony Lucero, Mike Mason, and Casey Hansen decided to continue on under a new name, and after drafting in Sam Richards on bass and having Lucero switch to vocals, Cult Leader was born.
* Music/{{Belly}} announced a reunion and tour in 2016 after a 20-year hiatus.
* Music/{{Jawbreaker}} announced their reunion at Riot Fest this year after breaking up in 1996.
* Music/VanHalen managed to pull it twice after the [[Music/{{Extreme}} Gary Cherone]] era imploded after the critical and commercial failure of their sole studio album, ''Van Halen III''. Eddie Van Halen would go through drug and alcohol addictions, survive tongue cancer (he has since replaced cigarettes with vaping) and a divorce to longtime wife [[Series/OneDayAtATime1975 Valerie]] [[Series/HotInCleveland Bertinelli]]. Then in 2004 came a reunion with previous singer Sammy Hagar, with new 'Van Hagar' compositions for a GreatestHitsAlbum and a tour. But said gigs would be marked by in-fighting (for starters, bassist Michael Anthony only returned because Hagar demanded it) and Eddie's re-emerging alcoholism, leading to another disbandment, followed by Sammy and Michael forming Music/{{Chickenfoot}}. Eddie would sober up, rekindle talks with original singer Music/DavidLeeRoth, and begin a world tour with Eddie's son Wolfgang replacing Anthony. Wolfgang would even convince daddy that the band could make another album, and ''A Different Kind Of Truth'', Van Halen's first new album in fifteen years and its first with Roth since ''1984'', would be released to commercial and critical success in 2012.
* Gav of Music/{{MiracleOfSound}} made a song for VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} called "Get The Gang Back Together", focusing on the heroes and the family they once shared.
--> "Get-get the gang back together, / it's getting closer! / Get-get the gang back together! / Keep watching over..."
* Music/SoftCell attempted to do this in the early Noughties. However, the reunion didn't work out and they disbanded again after releasing only one album of new material and having a couple of minor hits on the UK singles chart. Marc Almond now believes the reunion was a mistake.

* The game ''Pinball/MonsterBash'' combines this trope with MonsterMash, as the player must gather up six Franchise/UniversalHorror monsters to re-form their rock band.
-->'''Dracula:''' Back off, I'm the lead guitarist!

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WCW}}: After Wrestling/KevinNash lost a "{{Loser|LeavesTown}} [[TenMinuteRetirement Retires from Wrestling]]" match Nash & Wrestling/ScottHall were spotted in the audience one ''Nitro''. When asked by the Roving Reporter what's going on since retirement Nash said "We're putting the band back together." Nobody could figure out what he meant by that until a few weeks later when the new [[NewWorldOrder nWo]] debuted.
** For those unfamiliar with wrestling, Hall and Nash were longtime best friends and had worked together in WWE as Razor Ramon (Hall) and Diesel (Nash).
* Hall and Nash like this trope. They've reformed the Outsiders in Wrestling/{{TNA}} a couple times, and as of 2010, have formed "The Band" with fellow Kliq member Sean "Wrestling/XPac" Waltman.
* After [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Winter]] broke apart what was left of Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople in TNA, original members Wrestling/AngelinaLove and Wrestling/VelvetSky made up in Northeast Wrestling to fight their favorite hazing target, Wrestling/MadisonRayne. In 2014, Sky and Rayne reunited in TNA [[EnemyMine because]] of Wrestling/GailKim, Wrestling/LeiDTapa and Alpha Female but Rayne bailed when Love returned.
* At the start of 2014 Wrestling/TheAuthority reformed Wrestling/{{Evolution}} with Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/TripleH, and Wrestling/{{Batista}}. Though in this case it's somewhat of a miracle they can function as a cohesive unit considering that neither Orton nor Batista are rookies anymore, but stars on par with Hunter himself, with a lot more experience. Add in the fact that the egos of all three are ''gigantic'', and it makes you wonder why they bothered to reform at all. It doesn't help that, unlike Hall and Nash, ''none'' of the members of Evolution have the best history with each other; Randy is the most notable example, considering that his ousting from the original Evolution back in '04 was his StartOfDarkness, an event that took him ''seven years'' to get over.
* In 2014, Kenny Dykstra, Jaden "Johnny" Jeter and "The Giant Killer" Mike "Mikey" Mondo did a most unexpected thing and went back to {{the gimmick}} that was believed to have stunted their careers: [[TheCheerleader The Spirit Squad]]. Perhaps due to their growth as wrestlers, the male cheerleaders have been better received the second time around, not that that was a high hurdle to climb.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** An interesting videogame example comes from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', where your party gets split up upon entering the World of Ruin, and you (as former second banana Celes) have to put the party back together. Since it's a game, you don't ''have'' to -- but it's expected. Includes a classic case of the face of the party, Terra, having retired from fighting and being unwilling to rejoin.[[note]]Incidentally, Terra never actually takes charge ''until'' she's re-recruited; the leader role until TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt was actually shared by [[LovableRogue Locke]] (who was the SupportingProtagonist for ''that'' half) and [[SupportingLeader Edgar]].[[/note]]
** In the sequel to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears The After Years]]'', the Crystals chapter sees Edge, Rydia, and newcomer Luca, guided by a mysterious Man in Black ([[spoiler:Golbez]]) trying to find their old friends (and in Rydia's case, her missing [[SummonMagic Eidolons]]) in order to combat the new threat.
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'' is a video game example. Various events have led to Fox being all alone by the beginning of the game. Although he's really hesitant to do it at first (going as far to hire his rival Wolf instead in one branch), there's at least one branch of the storyline where Fox gets together the entire original Star Fox team.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}: FES'', two months after [[spoiler: the Main Character has sealed away [[CosmicHorror Nyx]]]], the ex-SEES members get back together for one last dinner in the dorm before it closes down. While they're there, they get trapped inside the dorm by a mysterious force and [[GroundhogDayLoop have to relive the same day over and over again]]. They then discover a stairway leading to a new [[TheHeartless Shadow]]-infested dungeon beneath the dining room table...
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' features this in the second half of the game, and some members have been building up for it, too.
** Also happens the sub series to varying degrees (Alpha, OG, Z)
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' has a slow reassembling in each sequel along with recovering the high end mechs used at the end game (with the reasons being either repair/maintence, being too powerful for peacetime), though not everyone comes back (due to meta issues).
*** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has similar processes to Alpha in its sequels, though it's more gradual. In contrast to Alpha, the great majority of the party retains their endgame mechs.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'': Mainly happens in Z2 where in the face of events, the various allied groups start uniting when [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero]] officially reunites them as ZEXIS.
* A variation happens in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl's'' adventure mode, [[spoiler:almost everyone becomes an inanimate trophy, and the few remaining characters have to find them to reanimate them and get them back into the group]].
* The second half of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' opens with Garr seeking out Ryu, and the two of them setting out to find the other previous party members. Unlike ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI,'' the plot is [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom totally linear]]; you cannot progress past X area until you've recruited party member Y.
* ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story]]'' has a failed attempt at bringing the last Dragon Master and his friends back together to fight the new evil. Unfortunately, the new evil keeps getting to the old heroes [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot just before you do.]] At least you get the ReplacementGoldfish for party members.
* In ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur III'''s Chronicles of the Sword mode, after a TimeSkip, the player loses their army for a few levels. A few chapters before the end though, the player has the option to get all but one ([[spoiler:whom they killed 2 chapters ago]]) back by [[spoiler:befriending them to knock them out of Soul Edge induced mind control]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has one of these after the {{timeskip}} that followed the [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Not Quite]] VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon .
* Another video game example in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'', right after [[DiscOneFinalBoss Geldoblame]] is revealed to have been manipulated by [[spoiler:Melodia, Fadroh, and Kalas]], the entire party ends up separated and scattered across the five floating islands, and Xelha has to rescue the other [[spoiler:four]] members before you can travel to Wazn to get the next PlotCoupon.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': after [[TheMan the Illusive Man]] offers [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] a list of candidates for his/her new crew, you can tell him to shove it because you already have a BadassCrew from the first game. However, it turns out none of them are available anymore (Kaidan/Ashley are on a top-secret mission for the Alliance, Garrus slipped off the radar, Tali is leading an expedition for the Flotilla, Wrex reigns on Tuchanka, and Liara is on a crusade against the Shadow Broker). Doubly subverted, however, when ''some'' of your old crew do come back, namely, [[spoiler:Joker, Dr. Chakwas, Garrus, Tali, and ([[GuestStarPartyMember temporarily]]) Liara.]]
** Kaidan / Ashley and Liara return as full party members in ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'', as do Garrus and Tali provided they survived the SuicideMission (Wrex is still busy leading the krogan). You can also pull in a few Normandy [=NPCs=] from both of the previous games.
** Taking this trope even further is half the point of the ''Citadel'' DLC, where all of the squad members you've ever had (who are still alive) can fight with you in the Armax Arsenal Arena, and the DLC concludes with you throwing a big party for all of them. It's also significant that Wrex returns as a full squad member for the main story mission; play your cards right, and you can have all surviving squad members from the original game[[labelnote:*]]Kaidan/Ashley, Garrus, Wrex, Tali and Liara[[/labelnote]] back in your squad and fully invoke the trope.
* Taken rather literally in the Co-op Story Mode of ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III: Legends of Rock''. Halfway into it, your band splits up (well, the singer and drummer at least), and then they meet again three months later and rejoin. The subsequent song block is even titled "Getting the Band Back Together".
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekEliteForce II'' starts with the ''Voyager'' coming home triumphantly... and your Hazard Team being disbanded by an asshole bureaucrat with BigOlEyebrows who thinks that all's well in [[TheFederation Federation]] space. Some time later, Munro, your PlayerCharacter, is teaching combat tactics to cadets at the Academy, when Picard comes along and, after telling to bureaucrat to shove off, asks you to rebuild the Hazard Team, this time on the ''Enterprise''-E. All but one former team members come back (plus two new ones), and the one remaining is later found by pure coincidence.
* In ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'', there's an achievement called "Got The Band Back Together" for reuniting the Vault Hunters of the first game back in Sanctuary.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Arcade Gannon's companion quest has you reunite the Enclave Remnants, some of which previously appeared in ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', to support your faction of choice in the Second Battle of Hoover Dam.
* In ''Exile'' for the UsefulNotes/PCEngine / UsefulNotes/TurboDuo Super CD system, Sadler already has a Four Man Team. All you must do is talk to them and they'll join you shortly afterwards, popping in and out of the plot for the rest of the game. In the sequel, ''Exile: Wicked Phenomenon'', Sadler's friends are scattered across the Middle East. Rumi is believed to be dead, but turns up in Baghdad. Fakhyle and Kindhi arrive a short time later in a BigDamnHeroes moment (complete with anime cutscene) to save Sadler and Rumi from the first boss' trap and allowing a fair 1-on-1 fight. After the boss is dead, the gang from the first game is officially back together - and this time, they're all playable.
* This is the premise for the third ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' game. You have to reunite the three legendary heroes, Oddsock, Toggle and Swoop. There's even a trophy for doing so, aptly named "Put The Band Back Together."
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV''
-->'''Boss:''' We're getting the band back together and then we're gonna kill Zinyak.
* The plot in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comics involves Ms. Pauling trying to locate all of the mercenaries after Grey Mann fired them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}4'': Nate and Sully reunite after 2 years of retirement to find the treasure of the week.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has this with the titular Overwatch, a peacekeeping organization that stood for 25 years after the [[RobotWar Omnic Crisis]], but was disbanded five years before the current events of the story, and made illegal by the United Nations. The plot officially kicks off when one member reinstates the organization illegally, [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight despite the risk in prosecution in doing so]].
* The dungeons in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' tell the story of the attempts to reunite the members of the guild Destiny's Edge in the face of the new threat of the Elder Dragons.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Recollections trilogy begins with us being told that most of the old characters had been relocated after the end of season five and so Washington has to re-recruit some of the team members. Although, throughout all three movies, we've never had the entire team restored. [[spoiler: Some characters have also been apparently KilledOffForReal, but we've yet to see if it sticks. Other characters like Church and Sheila seem to have been replaced with copies like Epsilon and F.I.L.S.S.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in one ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' story arc. Tycho and Gabe briefly break up and try to do their own comic strips, but both fail miserably. They then have a conversation about "getting the band back together". They then ask their guitarist -- who presumably provides the strip's music -- if he wants to get back together with them.
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/4/22/ I SAID FUCK YEAH!!!]]
** {{Troperiffic}}ally done with ''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/6/25/ Paint The Line 2]]''.
* ''Webcomic/NecessaryMonsters'': Jonathon putting his team of covert monster-cops back together is part of the opening act.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Meenah is trying to do this with a band who have been dead for a very long time. Sadly for her, the band in question is more or less evenly divided into people smart enough to have a better plan than taking on an invulnerable demon with a head-down charge, and people who are too traumatised, sex-obsessed, creepy, evil or otherwise dysfunctional to successfully boil water, let alone kill Lord English.
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': Foreshadowed in [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/2014-10-27/ this]] strip, one of the creators having returned from having had a baby.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[ThePaladin Marcus Sarillius]] returns to Remon 11 years after the end of the Great War and gathers many of his old comrades together so they can form the [[TheAlliance Grand Alliance]] of old once more to fight against new enemies.
* How ''Podcast/TheMikeOMearaShow'' got started as a podcast. Mike, Robb and Buzz ran it as a radio show until CBS fired them. About a year later Oscar Santana, another fired radio personality, convinced them to bring the show back as a podcast, and Mike brought Oscar along as a new cast member.
* In ''WebVideo/TVTropesWillRuinYourLife'', Eric and Dash reunite the FiveManBand in order to rescue James.
* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', and ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' all have WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic getting large numbers of reviewers from [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]] to join him on whatever zany scheme he's hit upon. He gets the job done by tricking them into getting together (or, in the case of ''To Boldly Flee'', simply beaming them into his house against their wills) and giving a motivational speech to get them to go along with his plan. There's also ''WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl'' where a large number of reviewers join in on a brawl between The Nostalgia Critic and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd. No tricking necessary.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the Undersiders [[spoiler:remained active throughout the TimeSkip even though Taylor, the leader, pulled a HeelFaceTurn.]] However, after [[spoiler:Taylor fails to prevent the end of the world, and the remaining pockets of humanity almost immediately turn on one another, she rejoins the surviving Undersiders (Tattletale, Imp, and Bitch), along with several members that joined when she was away (Parian and Foil) and a few new faces entirely (Canary and Taylor's former ArchEnemy Shadow Stalker)]], and decides to take down as many chaotic elements as they can.
* As the title character of ''Literature/{{Curveball}}'' starts to get in over his head, his old buddy [[NighInvulnerability Regiment]] says the line [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Curveball/novel/Drums-War-Part-One almost verbatim]] when he decides to put [[SuperTeam The Gladiators]] back together.
* The podcast, This Week In Tech, was started by Leo Laporte in 2005, getting some the crew of Creator/TechTV's The Screen Savers back together. In fact the first few episodes were unofficially called the Revenge of the Screen Savers, until they formally named the podcast, as G4 (the new identity of the Creator/TechTV network) held onto the trademark. Over a decade later, the podcast network that grew around This Week In Tech, TWiT, acquired the Screen Savers trademark and launched a video podcast, The New Screen Savers.
* Epoch of ''Podcast/RollToBreathe'' attempts to get his retired superhero mentor, Hal, back into the game with his old team. [[spoiler: When Hal finds out, he is so incredibly offended that Epoch would interfere with his life that he threatens to kill him.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is entitled "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together!", in which the Flynn children try to reassemble the band "Love Händel" (a parody of [[TheEighties 80's music]]) in time for their parents' anniversary. Interestingly, one of the songs from this episode got nominated for a freaking ''[[TheEmmys Emmy]]'' for best original song.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' plays this straight, when Pickles decides to put back together his old ''GlamRock'' band, Snakes N' Barrels.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long Is Forever?" had Starfire disappearing until Twenty Years Into The Future. When attempting to find her friends, we discover that Cyborg's main power ran out, and so he's trapped in the tower; Beast Boy was sold to the circus (and went bald); Raven was put into an asylum; and Robin became Nightwing.
** And yet, she still manages to put the band back together... definitely an example, although an extreme one where ''everybody'' [[ChangedMyMindKid initially refuses and yet shows up in the nick of time to help]].
* {{Wolverine}} begins to do this in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' to varying degrees of success.
** Xavier met similar problems in the ''Anime/XMen'' anime, mostly with Scott.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' when Egon's teammates from the disbanded [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters Real Ghostbusters]] appeared in a few episodes.
* The ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Bwah My Nose" had this when Hank and the gang demand a rematch by playing flag football against the team they lost against in the high school state championship who are now gloating them every year. Hank called up every teammate to participate in the rematch.
* The season finale of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' has the gang disbanded--Fred to look for his real parents, Daphne to wallow in misery with her family, Velma to ponder what she's done (not coming forward about Angel Dynamite's real identity), Shaggy off to military school and Scooby Doo being sent to a farm. Part of season two's focus will be on Scooby's promise at the conclusion of the season one finale, to get the gang back together and track down Professor Pericles, who has two pieces of the Planispheric Disc.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' in the episode "Exit 9B", after everyone at the park except Mordecai and Rigby are brainwashed by [[spoiler:GBF Jr.]], the two end up traveling two months into the future where they have to find everyone and unbrainwash them to save the park.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda''. Angela goes to her friends to put their band back together to win a talent show. FlashBack to a shot of them as toddlers in a pretend band with Angela demanding they call themselves "Angela and her Bandacondas", to which all the rest start crying over. ''Her friends unanimously refuse'' with a BigNo.
* Happens in the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' with the Six Forgotten Warriors who team up again years later.