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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Done by Yukari in the final episode, where she shares a few parting words with her students, following their graduation ceremony. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments The girls express their heartfelt gratitude and bow as their former homeroom teacher takes her leave.]]

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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Done by Yukari in the final episode, where she shares a few parting words with her students, following their graduation ceremony. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments The girls express their heartfelt gratitude and bow as their former homeroom teacher takes her leave.]]



* Mightily Oats, of all people, in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''.
** And he is spoken of later in a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.

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* Mightily Oats, of all people, in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''.
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''Discworld/CarpeJugulum''. And he is spoken of later in a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.



** Also a TearJerker moment; after Disney/WinnieThePooh [[spoiler: regains his memories of his friends]], he pleads with Sora to stay with him in the Hundred Acre Wood; Sora reassures him that "[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments I will always be with you, right here]]", pointing out that he'll always be in Pooh's heart.

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** Also a TearJerker moment; after Disney/WinnieThePooh [[spoiler: regains his memories of his friends]], he pleads with Sora to stay with him in the Hundred Acre Wood; Sora reassures him that "[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments I "I will always be with you, right here]]", here", pointing out that he'll always be in Pooh's heart.


* In the modern ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games, Sonic will usually run off to his next adventure whenever the latest Eggman threat ''du jour'' is stopped.

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* In the modern ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' games, Sonic will usually run off to his next adventure whenever the latest Eggman threat ''du jour'' is stopped.


** Oliver and Felicity decide to move out to a small town where Felicity can give birth and they can be safe from the villains hunting them. They plan to return eventually, but [[spoiler:the Monitor shows up to call in Oliver's deal. Oliver needs to come with him to help save the universe, and he will inevitiably die during the coming Crisis. Oliver tearfully says goodbye to Felicity and their infant daughter]].

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** Oliver and Felicity decide to move out to a small town where Felicity can give birth and they can be safe from the villains hunting them. They plan to return eventually, but [[spoiler:the Monitor shows up to call in Oliver's deal. Oliver needs to come with him to help save the universe, and he will inevitiably inevitably die during the coming Crisis. Oliver tearfully says goodbye to Felicity and their infant daughter]].


* Chef Gordon Ramsay sometimes has this effect on ''Series/HotelHell'' or ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' when he's finally fixed the restaurant or hotel, but the owner(s) wish he could stay longer.
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': A few in quick succession in the season 7 finale.
** In the flash-forwards, the older generation of heroes decide to take the blame for the damage done in the course of saving the city, meaning they have to go on the run. But they know the younger generation will keep the city safe without them.
** Oliver and Felicity decide to move out to a small town where Felicity can give birth and they can be safe from the villains hunting them. They plan to return eventually, but [[spoiler:the Monitor shows up to call in Oliver's deal. Oliver needs to come with him to help save the universe, and he will inevitiably die during the coming Crisis. Oliver tearfully says goodbye to Felicity and their infant daughter]].
** Back in the flash-forwards, Felicity says this is the last time she'll see her children. They're confused, since she's been on the run before and managed to stay in touch. She says it's different this time. [[spoiler:She then meets up with the Monitor, who warns her she won't be able to come back from where he's taking her. She accepts that and just wants to see Oliver again, and they walk through a portal]].


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* Chef Gordon Ramsay sometimes has this effect on ''Series/HotelHell'' or ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' when he's finally fixed the restaurant or hotel, but the owner(s) wish he could stay longer.

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* ''Anime/OkkosInn'' has this in the ending. After Okko learns all she can and comes to terms with her parents' deaths, the ghosts leave to be reborn in human bodies.


* In the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' game, this is an unspoken agreement between DonaldDuck and Goofy. Due to the "no meddling" rule, they know that eventually they'll have to leave Sora forever. By the time of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', however, [[SubvertedTrope they've gotten far too attached to Sora to leave him]].

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* In the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' game, ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', this is an unspoken agreement between DonaldDuck Donald Duck and Goofy. Due to the "no meddling" rule, they know that eventually they'll have to leave Sora forever. By the time of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', however, [[SubvertedTrope they've gotten far too attached to Sora to leave him]].


* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' ends with Foo and Fee reuniting with their long-lost parents, and moving away from Little Bark to live with them. While Harvey is initial upset, he's able to accept their absence, appreciates how they helped him grow as a person, and it's shown they'll be sure to keep in touch.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' ends with Foo and Fee reuniting with their long-lost parents, and moving away from Little Bark to live with them. While Harvey is initial initially upset, he's able to accept their absence, appreciates how they helped him grow as a person, and it's shown they'll be sure to keep in touch.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' ends with Foo and Fee reuniting with their long-lost parents, and moving away from Little Bark to live with them. While Harvey is initial upset, he's able to accept their absence, appreciates how they helped him grow as a person, and it's shown they'll be sure to keep in touch.


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* "The Boys of the Chorus" from the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Bugs Bunny]] cartoon "What's Up Doc?" is a quick hello-goodbye.
-->''Ohm we're the boys of the chorus,''\\
''We hope you like our show.''\\
''We know you're rooting for us,''\\
''But now we have to go!''

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel IV'' has [[spoiler:Musse pulling off this trope to enact her "Mille Mirage" plan which requires her to fight off against the empire in the shadows and leaves the party after the climax of ''Cold Steel III''. This lasts for all of two weeks before she's reunited with Class VII and they tell her to join them to search for their teacher [[TheHero Rean]], who was captured during the finale of ''Cold Steel III''.]]


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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Benjen leaves Bran and Meera at the end of Season 6 as the Wall has magic spells carved into it which prevent the undead, and by extension him, from passing.
* Used quite a lot in ''Series/TheLoneRanger'', as he goes off into the sunset...leaving grateful townsfolk behind, wondering, "Who is that Masked Man?"

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Benjen leaves Bran and Meera at Chef Gordon Ramsay sometimes has this effect on ''Series/HotelHell'' or ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' when he's finally fixed the end of Season 6 as restaurant or hotel, but the Wall has magic spells carved into it which prevent the undead, and by extension him, from passing.
* Used quite a lot in ''Series/TheLoneRanger'', as
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* Parodied mid-first-season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', when Wesley joins the cast. Wesley pretends he must do this, while secretly hoping to be invited to stay, but Angel and Cordelia play along with the pretense.
** Later played straight mid-fifth-season when [[spoiler:Cordelia comes back for one last guest spot, gets "her man back on track", then basically says "now everything's going to be OK, a pity I won't be here to see it, since I must move on".]] It's more Tearjerker in the show than that description, obviously.
** Also Lorne's final fate in the post-series comics.
* Also the default for ''Series/TheATeam'', as they couldn't stay in one place too long without being caught by the military.



* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' shows something of this; he saves the day, and then leaves again, never staying. It's been suggested in the show this is because he's afraid to look back at the trail of destruction he leaves behind -- or, more humorously, because he's worried about [[HeroInsurance being asked to pay for the collateral damage he's caused]].
** A strange subversion of this trope is used in the Doctor's regeneration in "The Parting of the Ways". He tells Rose he'll still be there, "but not like this. Not with this daft old face."
** He is forced to face the consequences of his own actions a few times, such as in "Bad Wolf", which takes place a century after "The Long Game". Instead of freeing Earth from the tyranny of the Jagrafess, his actions result in a complete shutdown of the government, followed by decades of chaos before an even worse example of tyranny takes hold, forcing people to participate in deadly games and others to watch them.
*** Though to be fair to him, [[spoiler: [[BigBad the Daleks]]]] wouldn't have let it turn out any other way.

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* On ''Series/TheDailyShow'', when a longtime correspondent or contributor leaves the show, they receive a farewell, which includes a montage of amusing moments during their time. In 2015, before then-host Creator/JonStewart himself left the show, Creator/StephenColbert came back and humorously complained how he didn't receive such a send-off, playing a self-prepared montage.
* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' shows something of this; he saves the day, and then leaves again, never staying. It's been suggested in the show this is because he's afraid to look back at the trail of destruction he leaves behind -- or, more humorously, humourously, because he's worried about [[HeroInsurance being asked to pay for the collateral damage he's caused]].
** A strange subversion of this trope is used in the Doctor's regeneration in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways".Ways"]]. He tells Rose he'll still be there, "but not like this. Not with this daft old face."
** He is forced to face the consequences of his own actions a few times, such as in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf "Bad Wolf", Wolf"]], which takes place a century after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game".Game"]]. Instead of freeing Earth from the tyranny of the Jagrafess, his actions result in a complete shutdown of the government, followed by decades of chaos before an even worse example of tyranny takes hold, forcing people to participate in deadly games and others to watch them.
*** Though to be fair to him, [[spoiler: [[BigBad [[spoiler:[[BigBad the Daleks]]]] wouldn't have let it turn out any other way.way.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Benjen leaves Bran and Meera at the end of Season 6 as the Wall has magic spells carved into it which prevent the undead, and by extension him, from passing.
* No matter how much the people he interacted with wanted him to stay, ''Series/TheLittlestHobo'' would always leave at the end of the episode. As the show's theme song sums up: "There's a voice...that keeps on calling me...down the road, that's where I'll always be..."
** Spoofed in an episode of ''Series/CornerGas'', and Hank wanted Hobo to stay in Dog River. When Wanda explains that leaving when the trouble is over is what Hobo does, Hank wants to stir up more trouble to get Hobo to come back.
* Used quite a lot in ''Series/TheLoneRanger'', as he goes off into the sunset...leaving grateful townsfolk behind, wondering, "Who is that Masked Man?"



* Parodied mid-first-season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', when Wesley joins the cast. Wesley pretends he must do this, while secretly hoping to be invited to stay, but Angel and Cordelia play along with the pretense.
** Later played straight mid-fifth-season when [[spoiler:Cordelia comes back for one last guest spot, gets "her man back on track", then basically says "now everything's going to be OK, a pity I won't be here to see it, since I must move on".]] It's more Tearjerker in the show than that description, obviously.
** Also Lorne's final fate in the post-series comics.
* No matter how much the people he interacted with wanted him to stay, ''Series/TheLittlestHobo'' would always leave at the end of the episode. As the show's theme song sums up: "There's a voice...that keeps on calling me...down the road, that's where I'll always be..."
** Spoofed in an episode of ''Series/CornerGas'', and Hank wanted Hobo to stay in Dog River. When Wanda explains that leaving when the trouble is over is what Hobo does, Hank wants to stir up more trouble to get Hobo to come back.
* This is the default ending for most of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', as the Ultras are assigned to Earth from their home world and when their tour of duty is complete, they must return. In ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' and ''Series/UltraSeven'', this was given further meaning, as they were badly hurt and they couldn't be healed on Earth.
* Also the default for ''Series/TheATeam'', as they couldn't stay in one place too long without being caught by the military.



* Chef Gordon Ramsay sometimes has this effect on ''Series/HotelHell'' or ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' when he's finally fixed the restaurant or hotel, but the owner(s) wish he could stay longer.
* On ''Series/TheDailyShow'', when a longtime correspondent or contributor leaves the show, they receive a farewell, which includes a montage of amusing moments during their time. In 2015, before then-host Creator/JonStewart himself left the show, Creator/StephenColbert came back and humorously complained how he didn't receive such a send-off, playing a self-prepared montage.

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* Chef Gordon Ramsay sometimes has this effect on ''Series/HotelHell'' or ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' when he's finally fixed This is the restaurant or hotel, but default ending for most of the owner(s) wish he could stay longer.
* On ''Series/TheDailyShow'', when a longtime correspondent or contributor leaves
''Franchise/UltraSeries'', as the show, they receive a farewell, which includes a montage of amusing moments during Ultras are assigned to Earth from their time. In 2015, before then-host Creator/JonStewart himself left the show, Creator/StephenColbert came back home world and humorously complained how he didn't receive such a send-off, playing a self-prepared montage.when their tour of duty is complete, they must return. In ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' and ''Series/UltraSeven'', this was given further meaning, as they were badly hurt and they couldn't be healed on Earth.



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* The opera ''Paul Bunyan'' ends with the unseen title character bidding his friends goodbye, saying that he has to move on now that they have succeeded in taming the wilderness:

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* This is merged with AndTheAdventureContinues for Willy Wonka in the West End musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', in what amounts to a NotHisSled twist on the ending of [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the source novel]]. In the book Charlie won't inherit the factory until he comes of age, but here he becomes the new owner ''immediately'' and after a wild celebration the boy and his family realize Mr. Wonka has already left ("Looks like he's left you to it"). After they enter the factory to begin their new lives, Mr. Wonka -- concealed in the KingIncognito disguise of an elderly tramp ([[AnonymousBenefactor who was last seen in Act One encouraging Charlie to buy the Wonka Bar that turned out to contain the last Golden Ticket]]) -- appears and reveals to [[BreakingTheFourthWall the audience]] that he is moving on to other worlds, such as ''theirs'', to continue creating wondrous things now that he is no longer tied down to the factory. With that, he vanishes into thin air...
* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' features the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRHOcskOudg "One Last Time"]], dramatizing UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington's decision to step down as president, as noted in the real life folder.
* The opera ''Paul Bunyan'' ''Theatre/PaulBunyan'' ends with the unseen title character bidding his friends goodbye, saying that he has to move on now that they have succeeded in taming the wilderness:



* This is merged with AndTheAdventureContinues for Willy Wonka in the West End musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', in what amounts to a NotHisSled twist on the ending of [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the source novel]]. In the book Charlie won't inherit the factory until he comes of age, but here he becomes the new owner ''immediately'' and after a wild celebration the boy and his family realize Mr. Wonka has already left ("Looks like he's left you to it"). After they enter the factory to begin their new lives, Mr. Wonka -- concealed in the KingIncognito disguise of an elderly tramp ([[AnonymousBenefactor who was last seen in Act One encouraging Charlie to buy the Wonka Bar that turned out to contain the last Golden Ticket]]) -- appears and reveals to [[BreakingTheFourthWall the audience]] that he is moving on to other worlds, such as ''theirs'', to continue creating wondrous things now that he is no longer tied down to the factory. With that, he vanishes into thin air...
* Theatre/{{Hamilton}} features the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRHOcskOudg "One Last Time,"]] dramatizing UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington's decision to step down as president, as noted in the real life folder.



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* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Goku pulls this more than a few times. In his childhood, he leaves his friends several times to either train, to look for the 4-star Dragon Ball, or go after someone. He also leaves behind the people he saves like Suno and Upa, some who never see him again. At the end of the Cell Saga, Goku chooses to stay dead since most of the villains in ''Z'' came to Earth because of him. ''GT'' ends with Goku disappearing for one-hundred years.

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** Goku pulls this more than a few times. In [[Manga/DragonBall his childhood, childhood]], he leaves his friends several times to either train, to look for the 4-star Dragon Ball, or go after someone. He also leaves behind the people he saves like Suno and Upa, some who never see him again. At the end of the Cell Saga, Goku chooses to stay dead since most of the villains in ''Z'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' came to Earth because of him. ''GT'' He does it again at the 10-year TimeSkip after the Buu Saga; he decides to live in a village with a boy -- the {{Reincarnation}} of Majin Buu -- to train him to become a martial artist. ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' ends with Goku disappearing for one-hundred years.


** In "For The Man Who Has Everything" Franchise/{{Superman}} is attacked by a [[LotusEaterMachine plant called Black Mercy]] and lives an "ideal" life, complete with a son called Val-El. When he realizes this is just a dream, he has to say goodbye to him as he returns to real life.
--->'''Superman''': You are everything I ever wanted in a son. This is everything I ever wanted in a life. But I have responsibilities, Van-El, and I...[[TearJerker have to go now]].

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** In "For The Man Who Has Everything" Franchise/{{Superman}} is attacked by a [[LotusEaterMachine plant called Black Mercy]] and lives an "ideal" life, complete with a son called Val-El.Van-El. When he realizes this is just a dream, he has to say goodbye to him as he returns to real life.
--->'''Superman''': You are everything I ever wanted in a son. This is everything I ever wanted in a life. But I have responsibilities, Van-El, Van, and I...[[TearJerker have to go now]].


* [[spoiler: Riruka]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', in manga chapter 479. [[spoiler:She leaves Urahara Shoten without saying anything, then uses her powers to leave Karakura as she thinks of Ichigo, Chad and Orihime, thanking them for their friendship.]]

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* [[spoiler: Riruka]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', in manga chapter 479. [[spoiler:She leaves Urahara Shoten without saying anything, then uses her powers to leave Karakura as she thinks of Ichigo, Chad and Orihime, thanking them for their friendship. Then she returns in the final arc, having been recruited by Urahara.]]



** After everything with Cell is dealt with, Future Trunks returns to his timeline and take care of the remaining androids. [[TheBusCameBack He returns in]] ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.

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** After everything with Cell is dealt with, Future Trunks returns to his timeline and take care of the remaining androids. [[TheBusCameBack He returns in]] ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Then he does it again at the end of that arc, moving to a new timeline entirely.



* ''Fanfic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Variant at the end of the fourth arc, in which it's the ''main characters'' effectively saying this [[spoiler:to the characters from Canterlot High]] before returning to their native dimension, and the story continuing their adventures from there.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'': Lightning McQueen leaves Sally to go with Mater in the World Grand Prix.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'': Lightning McQueen [=McQueen=] leaves Sally to go with Mater in the World Grand Prix.



* The movie ''Film/FiniansRainbow'' ends with the dad (Fred Astaire) picking up his carpet bag and cane and heading out. On his beloved daughter's wedding day. And the only reason she gets to say goodbye and get half an explanation is that she spotted him leaving. Way to make your daughter's anniversary memorable, Daddy Dear.

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* The movie ''Film/FiniansRainbow'' ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'' ends with the dad (Fred Astaire) picking up his carpet bag and cane and heading out. On his beloved daughter's wedding day. And the only reason she gets to say goodbye and get half an explanation is that she spotted him leaving. Way to make your daughter's anniversary memorable, Daddy Dear.



* Creator/RobertEHoward did a superb ButNowIMustGo ending for the ''SolomonKane'' story "The Blue Flame of Vengeance":

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* Creator/RobertEHoward did a superb ButNowIMustGo But Now I Must Go ending for the ''SolomonKane'' story "The Blue Flame of Vengeance":



** Also Lorne's final fate.

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** Also Lorne's final fate.fate in the post-series comics.



* Music/AllmanBrothers, "Ramblin' Man." "When it's time for leavin', I hope you'll understand..."

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* Music/AllmanBrothers, Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand, "Ramblin' Man." "When it's time for leavin', I hope you'll understand..."

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