Basic Trope: A character who was once a Badass decides to retire.
Straight: General Bob, the most powerful general in Troperia, decides to settle down.
Exaggerated: General Bob, the most powerful general in Troperia, decides to settle down, as does his entire group.
Downplayed: General Bob, the most powerful general in Troperia, decides simply to take it easy for a while.
Justified: The General might feel that A) he's done enough good, or B) he's too old for this.
Inverted: Private Millstone, the weakest soldier in Troperia, decides take the lead.
Subverted: Good Lord, Bob is bored with his retirement! He un-retires the next day.
Double Subverted: ???
Zig Zagged: ???
Bob was never a badass
Bob never retires during the course of the story.
Enforced: "We need a character who's not as Bad Ass as everyone else, but still pretty Bad Ass, like someone who was more Badass!"
Defied: Bob decides he'd rather be a general till he dies.
Deconstructed: The General's no longer around. However, the menaces he fought during his glory days still are.
Reconstructed: Fortunately for the General and everyone else, there are other badasses around to handle them. And even if he can't fight anymore, he can still use his experience and wisdom to help these new heroes.