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* '''Music/{{Prince}}''' was probably ''the'' funk act of the 1980's. Receiving immense critical and commercial success for his role as a leading innovator in "Minneapolis sound", his fame and fortune reached heights directly comparable to that of Music/MichaelJackson around the same time, ultimately culminating in his beloved 1987 double album ''Sign '☮' the Times''. However, the TroubledProduction of the album would sow the seeds for Prince's downfall in the following decade. ExecutiveMeddling forced him to cut down what was supposed to be a triple album, and while it's generally agreed that this was for the better, it heavily soured relations between Prince and Warner Bros. This poorer relationship would grow even worsen in the 1990's, when Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable "Love Symbol", publicly feuded with Warner Bros. over the terms of his contract, and attempted to fulfill his end of said contract as soon as possible by churning out quick & dirty album after quick & dirty album for the next several years. This led to his popularity waning ''very'' quickly, with only the most devoted of fans sticking with him for more than a decade. By the end of the decade, he was only known among mainstream audiences for the fact that press outlets had to refer to him by the cumbersome and SnarkBait-y moniker of [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX "The Artist Formerly Known as 'Prince'"]]. Eventually, Prince's contract finally ended with Warner Bros. finally ended in 1996, he changed his name back to "Prince" in 2001; he would finally make his comeback with 2004's ''Musicology'', which peaked at number 5 on multiple countries' album charts. With a few exceptions, his following albums would continue to be critical and commercial successes; by the time he died in 2016, it was generally agreed that Prince had managed to reclaim his footing both commercially and artistically.

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* '''Music/{{Prince}}''' was probably ''the'' funk act of the 1980's. Receiving immense critical and commercial success for his role as a leading innovator in "Minneapolis sound", his fame and fortune reached heights directly comparable to that of Music/MichaelJackson around the same time, ultimately culminating in his beloved 1987 double album ''Sign '☮' the Times''. However, the TroubledProduction of the album would sow the seeds for Prince's downfall in the following decade. ExecutiveMeddling forced him to cut down what was supposed to be a triple album, and while it's generally agreed that this was for the better, it heavily soured relations between Prince and Warner Bros. This poorer relationship would grow even worsen worse in the 1990's, when Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable "Love Symbol", publicly feuded with Warner Bros. over the terms of his contract, and attempted to fulfill his end of said contract as soon as possible by churning out quick & dirty album after quick & dirty album for the next several years. This led to his popularity waning ''very'' quickly, with only the most devoted of fans sticking with him for more than a decade. By the end of the decade, he was only known among mainstream audiences for the fact that press outlets had to refer to him by the cumbersome and SnarkBait-y moniker of [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX "The Artist Formerly Known as 'Prince'"]]. Eventually, Prince's contract finally ended with Warner Bros. finally ended in 1996, he changed and their trademark on his given name expired in 2000, leading him to revert back to "Prince" it after 7 years (said trademark is what prompted the adopting of the "Love Symbol" moniker in 2001; th efirst place); he would finally make his comeback with 2004's ''Musicology'', which peaked at number 5 on multiple countries' album charts. With a few exceptions, his following albums would continue to be critical and commercial successes; by the time he died in 2016, it was generally agreed that Prince had managed to reclaim his footing both commercially and artistically.


And then, suddenly... [[HesBack they're back!]] They landed a hot role, signed on to a SleeperHit, or broke back into the industry as an EnsembleDarkHorse or what have you. If they were on drugs or had behavior issues, they've cleaned up. If they were always typecast, they [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct show a surprising range]]. If they were labeled as played out, they manage to innovate their style that refreshes their work and possibly their medium. They've resurrected their careers. And if they're really lucky, they're bigger than they have ever been!

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And then, suddenly... [[HesBack they're back!]] They landed a hot role, signed on to a SleeperHit, or broke back into the industry as an EnsembleDarkHorse or what have you. If they were on drugs or had behavior issues, they've cleaned up. If they were always typecast, they [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct show a surprising range]]. If they were labeled as played out, they manage to innovate their style that refreshes their work and possibly their medium. They've resurrected their careers. And if they're really lucky, they're bigger than they have ever been!



* In 2015, the [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzies]] (the anti-Oscars) introduced a new award called the "Razzie Redeemer Award", where a past nominee or winner had transitioned into a far more critically successful movie. Creator/BenAffleck and Razzie king Creator/SylvesterStallone, who are both listed below, were the first two winners. Creator/MelGibson won in 2017 for directing ''Film/HacksawRidge''.

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* In 2015, the [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzies]] (the anti-Oscars) introduced a new award called the "Razzie Redeemer Award", where a past nominee or winner had transitioned into a far more critically successful movie. Creator/BenAffleck and Razzie king Creator/SylvesterStallone, who are both listed below, were the first two winners."winners". Creator/MelGibson won in 2017 for directing ''Film/HacksawRidge''.



* '''Creator/JulieAndrews''' with ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries''. She had been an icon in the 60s and 80s for mega hits like ''Film/MaryPoppins'' and ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''. Frustrated at such typecasting, she sought to break away from it, notably in the 1970 flop ''Film/DarlingLili''. Although she succeeded eventually with ''Film/VictorVictoria'', a botched throat surgery left her iconic voice damaged. It wasn't until this 2001 comedy that she really returned to the public eye, also returning to her Disney roots. She now enjoyed a different CoolOldLady image, somewhat AdamWesting her previous sweetly persona. She's also enjoyed lots of success as a CelebrityVoiceActor in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' franchises.

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* '''Creator/JulieAndrews''' with ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries''. She had been an icon in the 60s '60s and 80s '80s for mega hits mega-hits like ''Film/MaryPoppins'' and ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''. Frustrated at such typecasting, she sought to break away from it, notably in the 1970 flop ''Film/DarlingLili''. Although she succeeded eventually with ''Film/VictorVictoria'', a botched throat surgery left her iconic voice damaged. It wasn't until this 2001 comedy that she really returned to the public eye, also returning to her Disney roots. She now enjoyed a different CoolOldLady image, somewhat AdamWesting her previous sweetly persona. She's also enjoyed lots of success as a CelebrityVoiceActor in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' franchises.



* '''Creator/MarlonBrando''' in ''Film/TheGodfather''. Brando was a major star in the 50's with classic hits such as ''Film/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' and ''Film/OnTheWaterfront''. By the 1960's, however, Brando's failed movies outweighed his successes, partly due to his temper on set, and most movie studios considered him a risk. Flash forward to 1972, when Creator/FrancisFordCoppola was adapting a novel onto the big screen, and he wanted the 47-year-old Brando to play the patriarch of a Mafia family. Creator/{{Paramount}} finally gave in after Coppola gave Brando a screen test, and ''The Godfather'' became an instant classic. Brando won an Oscar for his performance as Don Vito Corleone, and high-profile roles in ''Film/LastTangoInParis'', ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' and ''Film/{{Superman}}'' soon followed.

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* '''Creator/MarlonBrando''' in ''Film/TheGodfather''. Brando was a major star in the 50's '50s with classic hits such as ''Film/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' and ''Film/OnTheWaterfront''. By the 1960's, 196os, however, Brando's failed movies outweighed his successes, partly due to his temper on set, and most movie studios considered him a risk. Flash forward to 1972, when Creator/FrancisFordCoppola was adapting a novel onto the big screen, and he wanted the 47-year-old Brando to play the patriarch of a Mafia family. Creator/{{Paramount}} finally gave in after Coppola gave Brando a screen test, and ''The Godfather'' became an instant classic. Brando won an Oscar for his performance as Don Vito Corleone, and high-profile roles in ''Film/LastTangoInParis'', ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' and ''Film/{{Superman}}'' soon followed.



* '''Creator/WoodyHarrelson''' in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' and ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Though pretty much always a sidekick or character actor, Harrelson had a solid run on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' for nearly a decade, and turned in a steady string of solid performances in fairly successful films (''Film/LAStory'', ''Film/DocHollywood'', ''Film/WhiteMenCantJump'', ''Film/IndecentProposal'', ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'') and even earned several award nominations for his turn as "Hustler" magnate Larry Flynt in ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt''. After that, he sort of vanished, turning up playing bit parts in major movies, or as a guest star on television series (including a memorable stint on ''Series/WillAndGrace''.) However after his memorable turn in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' as gun-totaing, redneck, Twinkee-seeking Tallahassee, Harrelson was quickly cast as Haymitch Abernathy in ''Film/TheHungerGames'' and found himself back on the A-List, oftentimes in a first or second billed role. Since ''Zombieland'' and ''Film/TheHungerGames'', Harrelson starred alongside Matthew [=McConaughey=] in the runaway HBO hit series ''Series/TrueDetective'', for which he received an Emmy nomination.

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* '''Creator/WoodyHarrelson''' in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' and ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Though pretty much always a sidekick or character actor, Harrelson had a solid run on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' for nearly a decade, and turned in a steady string of solid performances in fairly successful films (''Film/LAStory'', ''Film/DocHollywood'', ''Film/WhiteMenCantJump'', ''Film/IndecentProposal'', ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'') and even earned several award nominations for his turn as "Hustler" magnate Larry Flynt in ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt''. After that, he sort of vanished, turning up playing bit parts in major movies, or as a guest star on television series (including a memorable stint on ''Series/WillAndGrace''.) However after his memorable turn in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' as gun-totaing, gun-toting, redneck, Twinkee-seeking Twinkie-seeking Tallahassee, Harrelson was quickly cast as Haymitch Abernathy in ''Film/TheHungerGames'' and found himself back on the A-List, oftentimes in a first first- or second billed second-billed role. Since ''Zombieland'' and ''Film/TheHungerGames'', Harrelson starred alongside Matthew [=McConaughey=] in the runaway HBO hit series ''Series/TrueDetective'', for which he received an Emmy nomination.



* '''Creator/MickeyRourke''' in ''Film/TheWrestler''. His career started with high critical praise and success for roles in ''Diner'', ''9 1/2 Weeks'' and ''Film/AngelHeart''. However, much like Downey, his substance abuse problems (and a bizarre decision to get into boxing) would drag him down. He made a series of small, low-budget films for 20 years, until Creator/RobertRodriguez dusted him off to play Billy in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' and Marv in ''Film/SinCity''. Rourke then had a supporting role in box office bomb ''Film/{{Domino}}'' before being cast in a "very close to home" role as a washed up former pro wrestler in ''The Wrestler'', which netted him an Oscar nomination and a part oppposite Downey in ''Film/IronMan2''. However, after the failure of ''Film/{{Immortals}}'', [[StarDerailingRole he has fallen back out of stardom]], now mainly appearing in DirectToVideo films.

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* '''Creator/MickeyRourke''' in ''Film/TheWrestler''. His career started with high critical praise and success for roles in ''Diner'', ''9 1/2 Weeks'' and ''Film/AngelHeart''. However, much like Downey, his substance abuse problems (and a bizarre decision to get into boxing) would drag him down. He made a series of small, low-budget films for 20 years, until Creator/RobertRodriguez dusted him off to play Billy in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' and Marv in ''Film/SinCity''. Rourke then had a supporting role in box office bomb ''Film/{{Domino}}'' before being cast in a "very close to home" role as a washed up washed-up former pro wrestler in ''The Wrestler'', which netted him an Oscar nomination and a part oppposite opposite Downey in ''Film/IronMan2''. However, after the failure of ''Film/{{Immortals}}'', [[StarDerailingRole he has fallen back out of stardom]], now mainly appearing in DirectToVideo films.



** ''Film/CapeFear'' and ''Film/GoodFellas'' more or less gave him AuteurLicense again and restored his commercial cache and critical reputation, allowing him to make films with bigger budgets and take on uncommercial subject mater like ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence'' and ''Film/{{Kundun}}'' and still continue to thrive.

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** ''Film/CapeFear'' and ''Film/GoodFellas'' more or less gave him AuteurLicense again and restored his commercial cache and critical reputation, allowing him to make films with bigger budgets and take on uncommercial subject mater matter like ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence'' and ''Film/{{Kundun}}'' and still continue to thrive.



* '''Creator/SylvesterStallone''' in ''Film/RockyBalboa'' and ''Film/{{Creed}}''. Technically, his first resurrection was with ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'', that helped him WinBackTheCrowd after two [[Film/{{Oscar}} horrible]] [[Film/StopOrMyMomWillShoot comedies]]. But then his career choices were rather unfortunate (besides the critically acclaimed ''Film/CopLand'', ''Film/DemolitionMan'' and a voice acting role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''). After some [[AdamWesting self-parodying]] in ''Film/SpyKids3DGameOver'', he decided to go back to what started his career. ''Rocky Balboa'' was a critical and commercial hit, and allowed Stallone to finally make a fourth ''Film/{{Rambo|IV}}'', and follow it with the action film with a [[AllStarCast dream cast]] ''Film/TheExpendables''. Stallone went through another comeback with ''Film/{{Creed}}'', after starring in much maligned bombs in the last few years, and garnered him critical respect he hasn't seen in a long time, including a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination.

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* '''Creator/SylvesterStallone''' in ''Film/RockyBalboa'' and ''Film/{{Creed}}''. Technically, his first resurrection was with ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'', that helped him WinBackTheCrowd after two [[Film/{{Oscar}} horrible]] [[Film/StopOrMyMomWillShoot comedies]]. But then his career choices were rather unfortunate (besides the critically acclaimed ''Film/CopLand'', ''Film/DemolitionMan'' and a voice acting role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''). After some [[AdamWesting self-parodying]] in ''Film/SpyKids3DGameOver'', he decided to go back to what started his career. ''Rocky Balboa'' was a critical and commercial hit, and allowed Stallone to finally make a fourth ''Film/{{Rambo|IV}}'', and follow it with the action film with a [[AllStarCast dream cast]] ''Film/TheExpendables''. Stallone went through another comeback with ''Film/{{Creed}}'', after starring in much maligned much-maligned bombs in the last few years, and garnered him critical respect he hasn't seen in a long time, including a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination.



* '''Creator/ReeseWitherspoon''' in ''Film/{{Wild}}''. Witherspoon was a critical darling with films like ''Film/{{Freeway}}'', ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'', and ''Film/{{Election}}'', with film magazines praising her as "the next Creator/MerylStreep", and became a star with ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', and culminated with an Oscar win for her highly acclaimed turned in ''Film/WalkTheLine''. After that, she became in a string of films that either were bombs (''Rendition'', ''Film/{{Penelope}}''), critically panned (''Film/FourChristmases''), or both (''Film/ThisMeansWar'', ''How Do You Know''), later being "honored" by ''Forbes'' and one of the "most overpaid actors" in Hollywood, 3 years in a row, due to the businesses of those films. Even modest success, like ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' and ''Film/WaterForElephants'', didn't do much for her. She attributes this to [[CreatorBreakdown her divorce from ex-husband, Ryan Phillippe, and just didn't feel passionate about the job]]. What happened next? After garnering great reviews for her small roles in much-praised films such as ''Film/{{Mud}}'' and the Creator/PaulThomasAnderson-directed ''Film/InherentVice'', she started a production company that produced ''Film/GoneGirl'', a commercial and critical success, and starring/producing ''Film/{{Wild}}'', directed by Creator/JeanMarcVallee, giving a performance that has been acclaimed as the best performance of her career and was nominated for an Oscar. She later starred in/produced the HBO miniseries adaptation of the national best-seller, ''Literature/BigLittleLies'', also directed by Vallée, and garnered her critical acclaim once again, with critics praising her performance as even ''better'' than what she accomplished in ''Wild''. She would later go on to win her first Primetime Emmy Award as a producer when the project won Best Limited Series in 2017 and additionally earned a nomination for Lead Actress. Unfortunately, her film career after ''Wild'' hasn’t been too good, suffering critically panned, box office flops such as ''Film/HotPursuit'' (which she also produced), ''Home Again'', and ''Film/AWrinkleInTime2018'', although she did star in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', which is the biggest hit of her career. However, while her film career is in doubt, with an upcoming season to ''Big Little Lies'', a brand new show starring her and Creator/JenniferAniston, and an upcoming miniseries starring her and Creator/KerryWashington, her newfounded career in television will ensure she’ll be getting high profile work for years to come.

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* '''Creator/ReeseWitherspoon''' in ''Film/{{Wild}}''. Witherspoon was a critical darling with films like ''Film/{{Freeway}}'', ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'', and ''Film/{{Election}}'', with film magazines praising her as "the next Creator/MerylStreep", and became a star with ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', and culminated with an Oscar win for her highly acclaimed turned in ''Film/WalkTheLine''. After that, she became in a string of films that either were bombs (''Rendition'', ''Film/{{Penelope}}''), critically panned (''Film/FourChristmases''), or both (''Film/ThisMeansWar'', ''How Do You Know''), later being "honored" by ''Forbes'' and one of the "most overpaid actors" in Hollywood, 3 years in a row, due to the businesses of those films. Even modest success, like ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' and ''Film/WaterForElephants'', didn't do much for her. She attributes this to [[CreatorBreakdown her divorce from ex-husband, Ryan Phillippe, and just didn't feel passionate about the job]]. What happened next? After garnering great reviews for her small roles in much-praised films such as ''Film/{{Mud}}'' and the Creator/PaulThomasAnderson-directed ''Film/InherentVice'', she started a production company that produced ''Film/GoneGirl'', a commercial and critical success, and starring/producing ''Film/{{Wild}}'', directed by Creator/JeanMarcVallee, giving a performance that has been acclaimed as the best performance of her career and was nominated for an Oscar. She later starred in/produced the HBO miniseries adaptation of the national best-seller, ''Literature/BigLittleLies'', also directed by Vallée, and garnered her critical acclaim once again, with critics praising her performance as even ''better'' than what she accomplished in ''Wild''. She would later go on to win her first Primetime Emmy Award as a producer when the project won Best Limited Series in 2017 and additionally earned a nomination for Lead Actress. Unfortunately, her film career after ''Wild'' hasn’t been too good, suffering critically panned, box office flops such as ''Film/HotPursuit'' (which she also produced), ''Home Again'', and ''Film/AWrinkleInTime2018'', although she did star in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', which is the biggest hit of her career. However, while her film career is in doubt, with an upcoming season to ''Big Little Lies'', a brand new show starring her and Creator/JenniferAniston, and an upcoming miniseries starring her and Creator/KerryWashington, her newfounded newfound career in television will ensure she’ll be getting high profile work for years to come.



* '''Creator/DavidCaruso''' on ''Series/CSIMiami''. He played a bunch of bit parts and minor roles before landing a lead role on ''Series/NYPDBlue'', becoming, as his co-star Dennis Franz said, "the hottest thing on television." He left after one season, jumping quickly to what was thought to be a fast track to a film career... which started with such gems as the mixly-reviewed ''Film/KissOfDeath'' and the reviled ''Film/{{Jade}}''. He faded back into obscurity, except for being in the Creator/RussellCrowe flick ''Film/ProofOfLife''. Then, Creator/JerryBruckheimer cast him as Horatio Caine, and he was back in the limelight.

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* '''Creator/DavidCaruso''' on ''Series/CSIMiami''. He played a bunch of bit parts and minor roles before landing a lead role on ''Series/NYPDBlue'', becoming, as his co-star Dennis Franz said, "the hottest thing on television." He left after one season, jumping quickly to what was thought to be a fast track to a film career... which started with such gems as the mixly-reviewed mixed-reviewed ''Film/KissOfDeath'' and the reviled ''Film/{{Jade}}''. He faded back into obscurity, except for being in the Creator/RussellCrowe flick ''Film/ProofOfLife''. Then, Creator/JerryBruckheimer cast him as Horatio Caine, and he was back in the limelight.



* '''Creator/RobLowe''' in ''Series/TheWestWing''. Lowe was a rising star in the 80's as a member of the Creator/BratPack, starring in hits like ''Film/TheOutsiders'' and ''Film/StElmosFire''. His career crashed down in 1989, when Lowe was caught filming a sex tape with a 16-year-old. The act was considered legal in Georgia at the time, so his charges were dismissed. Lowe then checked into rehab and became sober. In the early 90's, Lowe started to rebuild his reputation with comedic films ''Film/WaynesWorld'' and the ''Film/AustinPowers'' series; before landing longterm TV success with ''Series/TheWestWing''.
* '''Creator/NatashaLyonne''' in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. In the late 1990's, Lyonne was a rising star best known for her work in the ''Film/AmericanPie'' franchise. In the 2000's, Lyonne's career bottomed out after she was arrested for various bizarre incidents, and by 2005, she was in the hospital for hepatitis C, a heart infection, and a collapsed lung. She even went through a methadone treatment for a heroin addiction and had track marks on her body. In 2008, Lyonne later sobered up and resumed her acting career, working her way back to the mainstream, landing major acclaim in 2013 with the hit Creator/{{Netflix}} series ''Orange is the New Black'', and reuniting with her former ''American Pie'' co-star Jason Biggs (who hasn't nearly been as successful as she was in escaping ''Pie'''s shadow).

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* '''Creator/RobLowe''' in ''Series/TheWestWing''. Lowe was a rising star in the 80's '80s as a member of the Creator/BratPack, starring in hits like ''Film/TheOutsiders'' and ''Film/StElmosFire''. His career crashed down in 1989, 1989 when Lowe was caught filming a sex tape with a 16-year-old. The act was considered legal in Georgia at the time, so his charges were dismissed. Lowe then checked into rehab and became sober. In the early 90's, '90s, Lowe started to rebuild his reputation with comedic films ''Film/WaynesWorld'' and the ''Film/AustinPowers'' series; before landing longterm TV success with ''Series/TheWestWing''.
* '''Creator/NatashaLyonne''' in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. In the late 1990's, 1990s, Lyonne was a rising star best known for her work in the ''Film/AmericanPie'' franchise. In the 2000's, 2000s, Lyonne's career bottomed out after she was arrested for various bizarre incidents, and by 2005, she was in the hospital for hepatitis C, a heart infection, and a collapsed lung. She even went through a methadone treatment for a heroin addiction and had track marks on her body. In 2008, Lyonne later sobered up and resumed her acting career, working her way back to the mainstream, landing major acclaim in 2013 with the hit Creator/{{Netflix}} series ''Orange is the New Black'', and reuniting with her former ''American Pie'' co-star Jason Biggs (who hasn't nearly been as successful as she was in escaping ''Pie'''s shadow).



* '''Brian Williams''' on Creator/{{MSNBC}} -- Williams was the anchor for ''NBC Nightly News'' from 2004 until 2015, when he was caught embellishing details about his personal involvement in a firefight during the Iraq War. Instead of being fired, Williams was demoted to "breaking news anchor" with no guaranteed air time. But he toughed it out and got positive reviews for helming MSNBC's 2016 election coverage. Enough for him to be given a temporary tryout for a regular show...at 11pm, the cable news equivalent of the FridayNightDeathSlot. Contrary to expectations, however, ''The 11th Hour with Brian Williams'' drew in a regular audience for it to be picked up permanently and became such a ratings success that it beat both Creator/FoxNews and CNN in its time slot for three consecutive months.

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* '''Brian Williams''' on Creator/{{MSNBC}} -- Williams was the anchor for ''NBC Nightly News'' from 2004 until 2015, 2015 when he was caught embellishing details about his personal involvement in a firefight during the Iraq War. Instead of being fired, Williams was demoted to "breaking news anchor" with no guaranteed air time. But he toughed it out and got positive reviews for helming MSNBC's 2016 election coverage. Enough for him to be given a temporary tryout for a regular show...at 11pm, 11 pm, the cable news equivalent of the FridayNightDeathSlot. Contrary to expectations, however, ''The 11th Hour with Brian Williams'' drew in a regular audience for it to be picked up permanently and became such a ratings success that it beat both Creator/FoxNews and CNN in its time slot for three consecutive months.



* '''Creator/EdONeill''' on ''Series/ModernFamily''. After the end of O'Neill's most famous role of [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' in 1997, he spent about the next decade in a series of short-lived dramas like a remake of ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (in which O'Neill played the Jack Webb role of Joe Friday) and the Creator/{{HBO}} show ''Series/JohnFromCincinnati''. O'Neill eventually went back to the sitcom genre that made him an household name, in the form of the Emmy award winning series ''Modern Family''.
* '''Creator/MattLeblanc''' on ''Series/{{Episodes}}''. After the massive success that was ''Series/{{Friends}}'', he followed it up with two seasons on the ill-fated spinoff ''Series/{{Joey}}'', a career move he attributes to being paid large sums of money. After a failed career as a producer, Leblanc became somewhat of a recluse and took a four year hiatus from acting. In 2011, ''Series/{{Episodes}}'' debuted on Showtime. Playing a fictionalized version of himself, he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy. His success on ''Series/TopGear'' has also won him a legion of new fans in the UK.
* '''Creator/TedDanson''' on ''{{Series/Damages}}''. After the end of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' in 1993, Danson's star faded with him starring in a string of unsuccessful comedy films, two unpopular sitcoms (''Series/{{Ink}}'' and ''Series/{{Becker}}'' -- though the latter did have a healthy run) and making occasional cameos as himself on ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''. This changed in 2007 when he was cast as BigBad Arthur Frobisher for ''{{Series/Damages}}'''s first season. Danson's [[TomHanksSyndrome surprisingly strong performance]] garnered rave reviews from critics and his first Emmy nomination in 15 years. The renewed exposure also landed him a role in the HBO comedy series ''Series/BoredToDeath'' and a part as the new lead in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' after Laurence Fishburne's departure.

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* '''Creator/EdONeill''' on ''Series/ModernFamily''. After the end of O'Neill's most famous role of [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' in 1997, he spent about the next decade in a series of short-lived dramas like a remake of ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (in which O'Neill played the Jack Webb role of Joe Friday) and the Creator/{{HBO}} show ''Series/JohnFromCincinnati''. O'Neill eventually went back to the sitcom genre that made him an a household name, in the form of the Emmy award winning Emmy-winning series ''Modern Family''.
* '''Creator/MattLeblanc''' on ''Series/{{Episodes}}''. After the massive success that was ''Series/{{Friends}}'', he followed it up with two seasons on the ill-fated spinoff ''Series/{{Joey}}'', a career move he attributes to being paid large sums of money. After a failed career as a producer, Leblanc became somewhat of a recluse and took a four year four-year hiatus from acting. In 2011, ''Series/{{Episodes}}'' debuted on Showtime. Playing a fictionalized version of himself, he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy. His success on ''Series/TopGear'' has also won him a legion of new fans in the UK.
* '''Creator/TedDanson''' on ''{{Series/Damages}}''. After the end of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' in 1993, Danson's star faded with him starring in a string of unsuccessful comedy films, two unpopular sitcoms (''Series/{{Ink}}'' and ''Series/{{Becker}}'' -- though the latter did have a healthy run) and making occasional cameos as himself on ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''. This changed in 2007 when he was cast as BigBad Arthur Frobisher for ''{{Series/Damages}}'''s first season. Danson's [[TomHanksSyndrome surprisingly strong performance]] garnered rave reviews from critics and his first Emmy nomination in 15 years. The renewed exposure also landed him a role in the HBO comedy series ''Series/BoredToDeath'' and a part as the new lead in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' after Laurence Fishburne's departure.departure, and a leading role on ''Series/TheGoodPlace''.



* '''Creator/JackBarry''': The co-creator and host of the 1950s quiz show ''Series/TwentyOne''. While the show proved popular, it was soon discovered to be rigged — contestants were being ''cast'' and literally fed information on which questions they were to get right and wrong. The rigging allegations hit their high point in 1958, when contestant Herbert Stempel was ordered by the producers to lose against Charles van Doren. Stempel blew the whistle on the rigging, and while his claims were initially dismissed as sour grapes, the show ''did'' fall under investigation after another producer's game show, ''Dotto'', was proven to be rigged as well (and subsequently canceled). After the investigations, ''Twenty One'' was canceled, and the concept of a quiz-based game show was tarnished for many years to come. (The 1964 debut of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', whose very idea was spawned from a discussion that creator Creator/MervGriffin had with his wife over said riggings, played a big factor in making quizzers viable again.) After a few minor hosting gigs in the 60s, Barry and co-producer Dan Enright managed to come back into vogue in 1971 with ''Series/TheJokersWild'', with Barry as host. The show ran for a combined 15 years, [[OutlivedItsCreator outliving Barry himself]] by two. The success of ''Joker'' also allowed Barry and Enright to revive one of their other, less-tarnished 1950s properties, ''Series/TicTacDough'', from 1978–86.
* '''Creator/JasonBateman''' on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Bateman obtained teen-idol status in the 1980s due to his work on sitcoms such as ''Series/SilverSpoons'' and ''Series/TheHoganFamily''. Then he did the flop sequel ''[[Film/TeenWolfToo Teen Wolf Too]]'', which marked the beginning of his career decline. After ''The Hogan Family'' left the airwaves in 1991, Bateman was out of the limelight, stuck in telefilms, B-movies, and a number of short-lived sitcoms. Then he was cast as the StraightMan on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. [[AcclaimedFlop The show drew poor ratings, but garnered critical acclaim, and Bateman's performance garnered him much accolades]]. He's kept a rather high profile ever since, with ''Development'' being UnCancelled by Creator/{{Netflix}} and starring in Creator/FratPack films as a supporting player before coming into his own with the HorribleBosses films. For animated films, Bateman voiced the male lead in the hit animated movie ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''.
* '''Creator/BilliePiper''' in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is somewhat of an example. While it's a straight up StarMakingRole when strictly referring to her acting career and as far as international stardom goes, it brought her back to the spotlight after her TeenIdol singing career winding down.
* '''Creator/ChristianSlater''' in ''Series/MrRobot''. Slater was a hot commodity in the late '80s and early '90s after ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' came out. By the end of the decade, his popularity was waning with bombs like ''Hard Cash'' and ''Mindhunters''. Slater's career was sealed shut after ''Film/{{Alone in the Dark|2005}}'' tanked, a film that also [[VideoGameMoviesSuck solidified the bad reputation of video game movies]] and turned director Creator/UweBoll into a worldwide laughingstock. Slater then went straight to video and none of his series (including ''Series/MyOwnWorstEnemy'') ever made it past a single season. In 2015, he starred as the title character in ''Mr. Robot''. The series received widespread acclaim, and Slater won a Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award for his performance, and has a recurring role on ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' as [[AdamWesting a fictional version of himself]].

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* '''Creator/JackBarry''': The co-creator and host of the 1950s quiz show ''Series/TwentyOne''. While the show proved popular, it was soon discovered to be rigged — contestants were being ''cast'' and literally fed information on which questions they were to get right and wrong. The rigging allegations hit their high point in 1958, 1958 when contestant Herbert Stempel was ordered by the producers to lose against Charles van Doren. Stempel blew the whistle on the rigging, and while his claims were initially dismissed as sour grapes, the show ''did'' fall under investigation after another producer's game show, ''Dotto'', was proven to be rigged as well (and subsequently canceled). After the investigations, ''Twenty One'' was canceled, and the concept of a quiz-based game show was tarnished for many years to come. (The 1964 debut of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', whose very idea was spawned from a discussion that creator Creator/MervGriffin had with his wife over said riggings, played a big factor in making quizzers viable again.) After a few minor hosting gigs in the 60s, '60s, Barry and co-producer Dan Enright managed to come back into vogue in 1971 with ''Series/TheJokersWild'', with Barry as host. The show ran for a combined 15 years, [[OutlivedItsCreator outliving Barry himself]] by two. The success of ''Joker'' also allowed Barry and Enright to revive one of their other, less-tarnished 1950s properties, ''Series/TicTacDough'', from 1978–86.
* '''Creator/JasonBateman''' on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Bateman obtained teen-idol status in the 1980s due to his work on sitcoms such as ''Series/SilverSpoons'' and ''Series/TheHoganFamily''. Then he did the flop sequel ''[[Film/TeenWolfToo Teen Wolf Too]]'', which marked the beginning of his career decline. After ''The Hogan Family'' left the airwaves in 1991, Bateman was out of the limelight, stuck in telefilms, B-movies, and a number of short-lived sitcoms. Then he was cast as the StraightMan on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. [[AcclaimedFlop The show drew poor ratings, ratings but garnered critical acclaim, and Bateman's performance garnered him much many accolades]]. He's kept a rather high profile ever since, with ''Development'' being UnCancelled by Creator/{{Netflix}} and starring in Creator/FratPack films as a supporting player before coming into his own with the HorribleBosses films. For animated films, Bateman voiced the male lead in the hit animated movie ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''.
* '''Creator/BilliePiper''' in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is somewhat of an example. While it's a straight up straight-up StarMakingRole when strictly referring to her acting career and as far as international stardom goes, it brought her back to the spotlight after her TeenIdol singing career winding down.
* '''Creator/ChristianSlater''' in ''Series/MrRobot''. Slater was a hot commodity in the late '80s and early '90s after ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' came out. By the end of the decade, his popularity was waning with bombs like ''Hard Cash'' and ''Mindhunters''. Slater's career was sealed shut after ''Film/{{Alone in the Dark|2005}}'' tanked, a film that also [[VideoGameMoviesSuck solidified the bad reputation of video game movies]] and turned director Creator/UweBoll into a worldwide laughingstock. Slater then went straight to video and none of his series (including ''Series/MyOwnWorstEnemy'') ever made it past a single season. In 2015, he starred as the title character in ''Mr. Robot''. The series received widespread acclaim, and Slater won a Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award for his performance, performance and has a recurring role on ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' as [[AdamWesting a fictional version of himself]].



* '''Creator/AlyssaMilano''' was a child star in the 80s for ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' and a music career in Japan. She was desperate to escape the ContractualPurity that dogs many child actresses and sought out HotterAndSexier roles as an adult. Things didn't work out so well, and the only notable story about her in the 90s was a sex tape scandal. But things started to turn in her favour when she joined the cast of ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and was later one of the leads for ''{{Series/Charmed|1998}}''. The supernatural drama about three witch sisters lasted for eight seasons and got Alyssa worldwide fame. By the time it ended, Milano was better known as Phoebe Halliwell than she ever was as Samantha Micelli. After the show ended, she marketed a successful clothing line and settled in comfortably as the hostess of ''Project Runway: All Stars''.
* '''Creator/GeneWilder''' Suffered through a severe career slide in the late 80s and through the 90s until that is he took on the role of a theater director turned gumshoe in a couple of A&E television movies that met with critical and audience acclaim. He followed them up with a couple of guest spots on ''Series/WillAndGrace'', which earned him an Emmy win, his first acting award since 1962. He then turned to working as an author before advancing Alzheimer's disease caused him to cease working again before his death.

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* '''Creator/AlyssaMilano''' was a child star in the 80s '80s for ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' and a music career in Japan. She was desperate to escape the ContractualPurity that dogs many child actresses and sought out HotterAndSexier roles as an adult. Things didn't work out so well, and the only notable story about her in the 90s '90s was a sex tape scandal. But things started to turn in her favour when she joined the cast of ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and was later one of the leads for ''{{Series/Charmed|1998}}''. The supernatural drama about three witch sisters lasted for eight seasons and got Alyssa worldwide fame. By the time it ended, Milano was better known as Phoebe Halliwell than she ever was as Samantha Micelli. After the show ended, she marketed a successful clothing line and settled in comfortably as the hostess of ''Project Runway: All Stars''.
* '''Creator/GeneWilder''' Suffered through a severe career slide in the late 80s '80s and through the 90s '90s until that is he took on the role of a theater director turned gumshoe in a couple of A&E television movies that met with critical and audience acclaim. He followed them up with a couple of guest spots on ''Series/WillAndGrace'', which earned him an Emmy win, his first acting award since 1962. He then turned his attention to working as an author writing before advancing Alzheimer's disease caused him to cease working again before his death.death in 2016.



* '''Music/AliceCooper''' defined shock rock and bizarre stage acts in the first half of the 1970s. But alcoholism, coupled with his signature style going out of fashion, resulted in a DorkAge for the rest of the decade, which lasted right through to the early 1980s. He kicked the booze habit and made his comeback with 1986's ''Constrictor'', followed by the wildly successful ''Trash''. Since then he's diversified his interests, and continues to record music.
* '''Binary Finary''' was best known for the trance anthem "1998", but they split up due to irreconciliable differences between members. However, Matt Laws and Stuart Matheson revived the act in 2006 with the download-only album ''The Lost Tracks'', a compilation of songs written during their eight-year sabbatical.
* '''Music/MariahCarey''': Considered to be one of the biggest pop singers of the 90s, Carey suffered a nervous breakdown in 2001, coupled with a disastrous turn in the box office flop ''Film/{{Glitter}}'' and a series of bizarre media appearances (that culminated in an appearance on MTV's ''Total Request Live'' where she served ice cream to the audience, followed by a bout of hospitalization for "dehydration"). She was dropped from her record label, and attempted a comeback in 2002, but she didn't have success until the release of 2005's ''The Emancipation of Mimi'' and her role in the critically acclaimed film ''Film/{{Precious}}'' in 2009.
* '''Music/JamesBrown''': Although he had achieved reasonable success in the 1960s and '70s, Brown's career was more or less stalled by the end of the decade. He was a huge star in the black community, but nowhere near as big in the white community. His appearance -- [[OneSceneWonder all five minutes of it]] -- in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' brought him to the attention of a white audience and won him many new white fans, revitalizing his career. In the '80s, he played to larger and more racially-mixed crowds than he ever had before; by the end of '90s he was pop music royalty.

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* '''Music/AliceCooper''' defined shock rock and bizarre stage acts in the first half of the 1970s. But alcoholism, coupled with his signature style going out of fashion, resulted resulting in a DorkAge for the rest of the decade, which lasted right through to the early 1980s. He kicked the booze habit and made his comeback with 1986's ''Constrictor'', followed by the wildly successful ''Trash''. Since then he's diversified his interests, interests and continues to record music.
* '''Binary Finary''' was best known for the trance anthem "1998", but they split up due to irreconciliable irreconcilable differences between members. However, Matt Laws and Stuart Matheson revived the act in 2006 with the download-only album ''The Lost Tracks'', a compilation of songs written during their eight-year sabbatical.
* '''Music/MariahCarey''': Considered to be one of the biggest pop singers of the 90s, Carey suffered a nervous breakdown in 2001, coupled with a disastrous turn in the box office flop ''Film/{{Glitter}}'' and a series of bizarre media appearances (that culminated in an appearance on MTV's ''Total Request Live'' where she served ice cream to the audience, followed by a bout of hospitalization for "dehydration"). She was dropped from her record label, label and attempted a comeback in 2002, but she didn't have success until the release of 2005's ''The Emancipation of Mimi'' and her role in the critically acclaimed film ''Film/{{Precious}}'' in 2009.
* '''Music/JamesBrown''': Although he had achieved reasonable success in the 1960s and '70s, Brown's career was more or less stalled by the end of the decade. He was a huge star in the black community, but nowhere near as big in the white community. His appearance -- [[OneSceneWonder all five minutes of it]] -- in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' brought him to the attention of a white audience and won him many new white fans, revitalizing his career. In the '80s, he played to larger and more racially-mixed crowds than he ever had before; by the end of '90s '90s, he was pop music royalty.



* '''Music/DavidBowie''' experienced this twice in a row during his career. The first instance came after a controversial series of interviews in 1975 and 1976, when Bowie, jacked out of his mind on cocaine and LostInCharacter as the [[Music/StationToStation Thin White Duke]], advocated for a fascist Britain on live TV. Realizing just how bad his drug addiction had become, he retreated to Berlin, where he spent the rest of the decade rehabilitating and releasing [[Music/{{Low}} three]] [[Music/{{Heroes}} experimental]] [[Music/{{Lodger}} albums]], to a mostly mixed reception (though this "Berlin trilogy" would later go on to be VindicatedByHistory). After that, he managed to reclaim his footing with 1980's ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'', which essentially served as his reflection on and apology for all the mayhem that encompassed his life throughout the bulk of the previous decade. Then in 1983 came ''Music/LetsDance'', which would go on to become his highest-selling album and cause his fame to skyrocket as a result of its more mainstream-oriented sound. However, this is where he fell again: having experienced a massive NewbieBoom and feeling pressured to deliver a follow-up to ''Let's Dance'' ASAP, a writer's block-addled Bowie and Music/IggyPop (but mostly Iggy) hastily slapped together ''Music/{{Tonight}}'' in 1984, which managed to sell quite decently but was widely regarded as being pretty bad. The rest of the 80's would be no better, with Bowie becoming a point of ridicule for the HoYay-laden Mick Jagger duet "Dancing in the Street", the incredibly {{camp}}y (but later VindicatedByHistory) box office bomb ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', and the even more disastrous reception of 1987's ''Music/NeverLetMeDown'', Bowie's failed attempt at returning to rock (though that album also sold pretty well). Fed up with all of this, Bowie decided to switch over to hard rock from 1988 to 1992 via the group Tin Machine, of which only three albums were released to mixed reception. However, the experience from Tin Machine and some encouraging words from bandmate Nile Rogers, who told Bowie to focus on producing songs for himself rather than for any particular audience, laid the groundwork for his 1993 house rock album ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise''. The album was not only a commercial success, but it was a decent critical darling as well, kickstarting a major Renaissance for Bowie. From that point onwards, with his career back on track, he would devote the rest of his career exploring a variety of other genres (such as industrial rock with ''Music/{{Outside}}'' and drum & bass with ''Music/{{Earthling}}'') before finally settling into art rock in the 2000's, with most of his albums continuing to earn heaps of both pounds and praise. By the time he ultimately met his end in early 2016, Bowie had finally returned to the level of acclaim that had studded his star in the early 70's.

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* '''Music/DavidBowie''' experienced this twice in a row during his career. The first instance came after a controversial series of interviews in 1975 and 1976, when Bowie, jacked out of his mind on cocaine and LostInCharacter as the [[Music/StationToStation Thin White Duke]], advocated for a fascist Britain on live TV. Realizing just how bad his drug addiction had become, he retreated to Berlin, where he spent the rest of the decade rehabilitating and releasing [[Music/{{Low}} three]] [[Music/{{Heroes}} experimental]] [[Music/{{Lodger}} albums]], to a mostly mixed reception (though this "Berlin trilogy" would later go on to be VindicatedByHistory). After that, he managed to reclaim his footing with 1980's ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'', which essentially served as his reflection on and apology for all the mayhem that encompassed his life throughout the bulk of the previous decade. Then in 1983 came ''Music/LetsDance'', which would go on to become his highest-selling album and cause his fame to skyrocket as a result of its more mainstream-oriented sound. However, this is where he fell again: having experienced a massive NewbieBoom and feeling pressured to deliver a follow-up to ''Let's Dance'' ASAP, a writer's block-addled Bowie and Music/IggyPop (but mostly Iggy) hastily slapped together ''Music/{{Tonight}}'' in 1984, which managed to sell quite decently but was widely regarded as being pretty bad. The rest of the 80's would be no better, with Bowie becoming a point of ridicule for the HoYay-laden Mick Jagger duet "Dancing in the Street", the incredibly {{camp}}y (but later VindicatedByHistory) box office bomb ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', and the even more disastrous reception of 1987's ''Music/NeverLetMeDown'', Bowie's failed attempt at returning to rock (though that album also sold pretty well). Fed up with all of this, Bowie decided to switch over to hard rock from 1988 to 1992 via the group Tin Machine, of which only three albums were released to mixed reception. However, the experience from Tin Machine and some encouraging words from bandmate Nile Rogers, who told Bowie to focus on producing songs for himself rather than for any particular audience, laid the groundwork for his 1993 house rock album ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise''. The album was not only a commercial success, but it was a decent critical darling as well, kickstarting a major Renaissance for Bowie. From that point onwards, with his career back on track, he would devote the rest of his career exploring a variety of other genres (such as industrial rock with ''Music/{{Outside}}'' and drum & bass with ''Music/{{Earthling}}'') before finally settling into art rock in the 2000's, 2000s, with most of his albums continuing to earn heaps of both pounds and praise. By the time he ultimately met his end in early January 2016, Bowie had finally returned to the level of acclaim that had studded his star in the early 70's.'70s.



** One further CareerResurrection occured when after a couple of failed studio albums, Elton reunited with Bernie Taupin for the aptly titled ''Reg Strikes Back'' in 1988, became sober in 1990, toned down his costumes/glasses, went from CampGay to StraightGay with a hair weave and Versace suits. This was motivated by a highly public feud over false allegations made against him by ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' which Elton eventually won, forcing the tabloid to apologise. He also gained a new audience by writing songs for ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and sent up his more diva-like tendencies with the reality Tv movie ''Tantrums And Tiaras. "Candle In The Wind 1997", though written in tragic circumstances with Princess Diana's death, was one of the best selling singles of all time, increasing his profile (though it would lead to inevitable HypeBacklash).
** Another Elton comeback occured in 2001. He changed to a more stripped down, organic sound in albums like ''Songs From The West Coast'' and ''Peachtree Road'', reminiscent of his classic period, and he has success in Las Vegas with ''The Red Piano''. ''The Union'', a duets album with Leon Russell released in 2011, got Elton his strongest sales since 1976's ''Blue Moves'', and his best reviews since that time.

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** One further CareerResurrection occured occurred when after a couple of failed studio albums, Elton reunited with Bernie Taupin for the aptly titled ''Reg Strikes Back'' in 1988, became sober in 1990, toned down his costumes/glasses, went from CampGay to StraightGay with a hair weave and Versace suits. This was motivated by a highly public feud over false allegations made against him by ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' which Elton eventually won, forcing the tabloid to apologise. He also gained a new audience by writing songs for ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and sent up his more diva-like tendencies with the reality Tv movie ''Tantrums And Tiaras. "Candle In The Wind 1997", though written in tragic circumstances with Princess Diana's death, was one of the best selling singles of all time, increasing his profile (though it would lead to inevitable HypeBacklash).
** Another Elton comeback occured occurred in 2001. He changed to a more stripped down, organic sound in albums like ''Songs From The West Coast'' and ''Peachtree Road'', reminiscent of his classic period, and he has success in Las Vegas with ''The Red Piano''. ''The Union'', a duets album with Leon Russell released in 2011, got Elton his strongest sales since 1976's ''Blue Moves'', and his best reviews since that time.



* '''Music/TheBeachBoys''' have gone through this at least four times. They were one of the biggest bands of the 60s, coming about as close to surpassing Music/TheBeatles in popularity that a band could at the time. But after their groundbreaking 1967 album ''Music/{{Smile}}'' was never released, coupled with Music/BrianWilson's notorious reclusion and drug abuse, they faded into obscurity, continuing to make music but failing to penetrate the charts as they once had. But then in 1974, they released a greatest hits album, ''Endless Summer'', which went triple platinum and made the band a hot item again, leading to sold-out concerts for many years after that. But as time went on, and as a string of terrible/bizarre albums was released, and their beloved drummer Music/DennisWilson drowned, this success faded as the group went into the 80s. However, they found themselves becoming suddenly successful ''again'' when they released their 1988 hit "Kokomo", from the ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' soundtrack, which gave the group a #1 record for the first time in decades. The band's third noteworthy spurt of popularity came with the 1993 release of the ''Good Vibrations: 30 Years of The Beach Boys'' box set, which yielded their most successful tour in 13 years. Their last came in 2012, when the group's first new album in twenty years, ''That's Why God Made the Radio'', met with critical acclaim, as did the ensuing 50th anniversary tour.
** '''Music/BrianWilson''' himself went through a similar cycle. In the 60s, he was on top of the world as a singer, songwriter, and producer, but as his mental state fractured and his dream project ''Smile'' failed to be, he spent the latter half the decade holed up in his room, while the rest of the band produced albums. But then in the 70s, as the band was becoming popular again, he was called back into the studio to produce albums in order to complement the band's new touring success, as well as being called back onto stage, with a big "Brian Is Back" campaign. Unfortunately, this mostly produced mediocre material, worsening his mental state. Then in the late 80s, his manipulative therapist/life coach Eugene Landy tried to invoke this trope with a string of Brian Wilson solo albums, but these failed to attract much attention. It wasn't until the late 90s/early 2000s that Brian's career really resurrected itself, first with an acclaimed live tour of ''Music/PetSounds'', and then with a move that nobody saw coming: a completed, re-recorded version of ''Music/{{Smile}}'', that, for the longest time, was the highest-rated album on Metacritic. He's been fairly well with himself ever since.

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* '''Music/TheBeachBoys''' have gone through this at least four times. They were one of the biggest bands of the 60s, coming about as close to surpassing Music/TheBeatles in popularity that a band could at the time. But after their groundbreaking 1967 album ''Music/{{Smile}}'' was never released, coupled with Music/BrianWilson's notorious reclusion and drug abuse, they faded into obscurity, continuing to make music but failing to penetrate the charts as they once had. But then in 1974, they released a greatest hits album, ''Endless Summer'', which went triple platinum and made the band a hot item again, leading to sold-out concerts for many years after that. But as time went on, and as a string of terrible/bizarre albums was released, and their beloved drummer Music/DennisWilson drowned, this success faded as the group went into the 80s.'80s. However, they found themselves becoming suddenly successful ''again'' when they released their 1988 hit "Kokomo", from the ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' soundtrack, which gave the group a #1 record for the first time in decades. The band's third noteworthy spurt of popularity came with the 1993 release of the ''Good Vibrations: 30 Years of The Beach Boys'' box set, which yielded their most successful tour in 13 years. Their last came in 2012, when the group's first new album in twenty years, ''That's Why God Made the Radio'', met with critical acclaim, as did the ensuing 50th anniversary tour.
** '''Music/BrianWilson''' himself went through a similar cycle. In the 60s, '60s, he was on top of the world as a singer, songwriter, and producer, but as his mental state fractured and his dream project ''Smile'' failed to be, he spent the latter half the decade holed up in his room, while the rest of the band produced albums. But then in the 70s, '70s, as the band was becoming popular again, he was called back into the studio to produce albums in order to complement the band's new touring success, as well as being called back onto stage, with a big "Brian Is Back" campaign. Unfortunately, this mostly produced mediocre material, worsening his mental state. Then in the late 80s, '80s, his manipulative therapist/life coach Eugene Landy tried to invoke this trope with a string of Brian Wilson solo albums, but these failed to attract much attention. It wasn't until the late 90s/early '90s/early 2000s that Brian's career really resurrected itself, first with an acclaimed live tour of ''Music/PetSounds'', and then with a move that nobody saw coming: a completed, re-recorded version of ''Music/{{Smile}}'', that, for the longest time, was the highest-rated album on Metacritic. He's been fairly well with himself ever since.



* '''Music/JohnnyCash''', unlikely as it may now seem, once battled a number of personal and professional problems that led to his career floundering in the 80s. Having established himself as "The Man In Black" with several hit albums, live performances at prisons and work in film and television, Cash relapsed back into addiction in 1983, which kept him from performing and writing music for several years. Coupled with Creator/ColumbiaRecords ending its 28-year association with Cash in 1986 (and an unsuccessful run with Creator/MercuryRecords into the very early 90s), it seemed as though Cash's career was over. However, he reignited his career by teaming up with producer Music/RickRubin and releasing the ''American Recordings'' series of albums (which included covers of popular songs and collaborations with other popular artists) beginning in 1994, which led to critical and commercial acclaim, and popularity with audiences who weren't traditionally interested in country music. Cash would go on to win a Grammy Award in 1994 and release several more albums - even after his death, the 2006 release of ''American V: A Hundred Highways'' reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100.

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* '''Music/JohnnyCash''', unlikely as it may now seem, once battled a number of personal and professional problems that led to his career floundering in the 80s.'80s. Having established himself as "The Man In Black" with several hit albums, live performances at prisons and work in film and television, Cash relapsed back into addiction in 1983, which kept him from performing and writing music for several years. Coupled with Creator/ColumbiaRecords ending its 28-year association with Cash in 1986 (and an unsuccessful run with Creator/MercuryRecords into the very early 90s), '90s), it seemed as though Cash's career was over. However, he reignited his career by teaming up with producer Music/RickRubin and releasing the ''American Recordings'' series of albums (which included covers of popular songs and collaborations with other popular artists) beginning in 1994, which led to critical and commercial acclaim, and popularity with audiences who weren't traditionally interested in country music. Cash would go on to win a Grammy Award in 1994 and release several more albums - even after his death, the 2006 release of ''American V: A Hundred Highways'' reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100.



* '''Robyn''' attained a few hit singles as a teen pop singer in the late 90s, then fell off the radar for about nine years, before returning with "With Every Heartbeat" in 2007. She [[GenreShift now does]] [[{{Retraux}} old-school]] [=synthpop=], in contrast with her former style.

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* '''Robyn''' attained a few hit singles as a teen pop singer in the late 90s, '90s, then fell off the radar for about nine years, before returning with "With Every Heartbeat" in 2007. She [[GenreShift now does]] [[{{Retraux}} old-school]] [=synthpop=], in contrast with her former style.



* '''Sonique''' was originally a member of the acid house group S-Express in the late 80s/early 90s, but retreated to the shadows for almost a decade, after which she returned with the solo hit "It Feels So Good" in 2000.
* '''Stacey Q''', an 80s OneHitWonder mostly known only for "Two of Hearts", has resurfaced on the Hydra Productions label with the album ''Color Me Cinnamon'' and the single "Trip". Between then and now, she had a little-known rock album titled ''Boomerang'' in 1997.
* The UK dance pop group '''Music/{{Steps}}''' infamously split up due to personal differences in 2001, but reunited a decade later.

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* '''Sonique''' was originally a member of the acid house group S-Express in the late 80s/early 90s, '80s/early '90s, but retreated to the shadows for almost a decade, after which she returned with the solo hit "It Feels So Good" in 2000.
* '''Stacey Q''', an 80s '80s OneHitWonder mostly known only for "Two of Hearts", has resurfaced on the Hydra Productions label with the album ''Color Me Cinnamon'' and the single "Trip". Between then and now, she had a little-known rock album titled ''Boomerang'' in 1997.
* The UK dance pop dance-pop group '''Music/{{Steps}}''' infamously split up due to personal differences in 2001, but reunited a decade later.



* '''Music/TheMonkees''' project was instantly successful--tellingly, the first single, "Last Train to Clarksville", started climbing the charts ''before'' the TV series went on the air--and the "4 insane boys" soon found themselves second only to Music/TheBeatles in popularity. Still, musical director Don Kirshner rarely let them play on their records (or write their own songs) -- which was kept secret until the frustrated band revealed it to the media, losing some credibility in the process. The hits continued for a while, even after the Monkees gave up their TV series after its second season. However, the group's 1968 film ''Film/{{Head}}'', a surreal, deliberately plotless {{Deconstruction}} of the band's journey through the ShowBusiness meat grinder, was a flop (although it's become a CultClassic). Eventually, their record sales dropped, and Peter Tork left, followed by Music/MichaelNesmith. In 1969, Saturday morning reruns of the TV series got good ratings, which led to Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones doing ''Changes'', a return to the bubblegum pop of the early albums. However, the songs on ''Changes'' were not as catchy or distinctive as the ones on the band's early albums. ''Changes'' didn't chart, and that was the end of the Monkees. The four ex-members went on with their lives--until 1986. In 1986, {{Creator/MTV}} began celebrating the Monkees' 20th anniversary by rerunning their TV series. The reruns got great ratings, and suddenly the Monkees were a viable proposition again. The band had a top 20 hit with a new single ("That Was Then, This Is Now", which featured only Dolenz and Tork), started playing reunion concerts, and recorded a new album, ''Pool It'' (which featured Dolenz, Tork, and Jones). Then, for the band's 30th anniversary in 1996, Nesmith returned for the album ''Justus'', the only Monkees album that had no outside writers. musicians, or producers. They then went their separate ways until 2011, when Dolenz, Tork, and Jones had a hugely successful 45th anniversary concert tour. After Jones died in 2012, Nesmith joined the other surviving Monkees for tours in 2012 and 2013.

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* '''Music/TheMonkees''' project was instantly successful--tellingly, successful -- tellingly, the first single, "Last Train to Clarksville", started climbing the charts ''before'' the TV series went on the air--and air -- and the "4 insane boys" soon found themselves second only to Music/TheBeatles in popularity. Still, musical director Don Kirshner rarely let them play on their records (or write their own songs) -- which was kept secret until the frustrated band revealed it to the media, losing some credibility in the process. The hits continued for a while, even after the Monkees gave up their TV series after its second season. However, the group's 1968 film ''Film/{{Head}}'', a surreal, deliberately plotless {{Deconstruction}} of the band's journey through the ShowBusiness meat grinder, was a flop (although it's become a CultClassic). Eventually, their record sales dropped, and Peter Tork left, followed by Music/MichaelNesmith. In 1969, Saturday morning reruns of the TV series got good ratings, which led to Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones doing ''Changes'', a return to the bubblegum pop of the early albums. However, the songs on ''Changes'' were not as catchy or distinctive as the ones on the band's early albums. ''Changes'' didn't chart, and that was the end of the Monkees. The four ex-members went on with their lives--until 1986. In 1986, {{Creator/MTV}} began celebrating the Monkees' 20th anniversary by rerunning their TV series. The reruns got great ratings, and suddenly the Monkees were a viable proposition again. The band had a top 20 hit with a new single ("That Was Then, This Is Now", which featured only Dolenz and Tork), started playing reunion concerts, and recorded a new album, ''Pool It'' (which featured Dolenz, Tork, and Jones). Then, for the band's 30th anniversary in 1996, Nesmith returned for the album ''Justus'', the only Monkees album that had no outside writers. musicians, or producers. They then went their separate ways until 2011, when Dolenz, Tork, and Jones had a hugely successful 45th anniversary concert tour. After Jones died in 2012, Nesmith joined the other surviving Monkees for tours in 2012 and 2013.



* '''Charlie Wilson'''. He was the lead singer of The Gap Band, which was at its peak in the late 70s-early 80s, recording such RAndB classics as "Outstanding", "Oops Upside Your Head", "Early In The Morning" and "You Dropped A Bomb On Me". However, by the late 80s he was heavily involved in alcohol and cocaine. He hit his lowest point in 1993, when he was living on the streets of Los Angeles. He ended up going to rehab, but found that many record labels wouldn't give him a chance after he got out. Music/RKelly and Music/SnoopDogg worked with him and by 2005 he released his first solo single, "Charlie, Last Name Wilson". He has been nominated for 4 Grammys since his comeback and is hailed by many as one of the best ContemporaryRAndB singers.

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* '''Charlie Wilson'''. He was the lead singer of The Gap Band, which was at its peak in the late 70s-early 80s, '70s-early '80s, recording such RAndB classics as "Outstanding", "Oops Upside Your Head", "Early In The Morning" and "You Dropped A Bomb On Me". However, by the late 80s '80s he was heavily involved in alcohol and cocaine. He hit his lowest point in 1993, when he was living on the streets of Los Angeles. He ended up going to rehab, but found that many record labels wouldn't give him a chance after he got out. Music/RKelly and Music/SnoopDogg worked with him and by 2005 he released his first solo single, "Charlie, Last Name Wilson". He has been nominated for 4 Grammys since his comeback and is hailed by many as one of the best ContemporaryRAndB singers.



* '''Music/OzzyOsbourne''' has experienced several over the course of his career. He helped pioneer heavy metal music as the frontmant of Music/BlackSabbath, but years of drug abuse, financial fumbles and creative strife led to him being kicked out of the band in 1979. After this he hit rock bottom, moved into a hotel room and went on a massive drug binge. The daughter of Sabbath's manager, Sharon Arden, took pity on him and helped him assemble a solo career which rocketed him to stardom. Eventually it all started to come down again, this time due to MoralGuardians, rampant drug abuse and more of a glam sound and image. He recovered by hiring guitarist Zakk Wylde, revamping his sound and taming his behaviour, culminating in the release of his only Top 40 single, "Mama, I'm Coming Home." He briefly retired and when he returned to music in the mid-90s the scene had changed. He was viewed as a dinosaur who didn't fit with modern crowds and styles, so much so that Lollapalooza turned him down. He responded by founding Ozzfest, his own heavy metal festival. This comeback peaked with a highly successful reunion with Sabbath.
** When '''Music/BlackSabbath''' fired Ozzy in 1979 they were at rock bottom, with poor album sales and a lack of focus. When Music/RonnieJamesDio joined the group as Ozzy's replacement they gained new life through the 1980s. Things petered out by the mid-90s but they came full circle by rejoining with Ozzy for a massively successful reunion. And when that started dying down they joined back with Dio for another huge success, bringing new exposure to the often neglected post-Ozzy era. And when Dio died they reunited with Ozzy once more and finally recorded the long awaited reunion album, bringing things full circle... again.

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* '''Music/OzzyOsbourne''' has experienced several over the course of his career. He helped pioneer heavy metal music as the frontmant frontman of Music/BlackSabbath, but years of drug abuse, financial fumbles and creative strife led to him being kicked out of the band in 1979. After this he hit rock bottom, moved into a hotel room and went on a massive drug binge. The daughter of Sabbath's manager, Sharon Arden, took pity on him and helped him assemble a solo career which rocketed him to stardom. Eventually it all started to come down again, this time due to MoralGuardians, rampant drug abuse and more of a glam sound and image. He recovered by hiring guitarist Zakk Wylde, revamping his sound and taming his behaviour, culminating in the release of his only Top 40 single, "Mama, I'm Coming Home." He briefly retired and when he returned to music in the mid-90s the scene had changed. He was viewed as a dinosaur who didn't fit with modern crowds and styles, so much so that Lollapalooza turned him down. He responded by founding Ozzfest, his own heavy metal festival. This comeback peaked with a highly successful reunion with Sabbath.
** When '''Music/BlackSabbath''' fired Ozzy in 1979 they were at rock bottom, with poor album sales and a lack of focus. When Music/RonnieJamesDio joined the group as Ozzy's replacement they gained new life through the 1980s. Things petered out by the mid-90s but they came full circle by rejoining with Ozzy for a massively successful reunion. And when that started dying down they joined back with Dio for another huge success, bringing new exposure to the often neglected post-Ozzy era. And when Dio died they reunited with Ozzy once more and finally recorded the long awaited long-awaited reunion album, bringing things full circle... again.



* '''Music/BlakeShelton''': For many years, Shelton had an inconsistent track record, and often struggled to get more than one big hit off an album, with his debut smash "Austin" (five-week stay at #1 on the country charts, #18 on the pop charts) casting a huge shadow. After neither of the singles from his fourth album ''Pure BS'' performed well, the album was re-released with a cover of Music/MichaelBuble's "Home" that went all the way to #1. Although the next album, ''Startin' Fires'', produced another #1 in "She Wouldn't Be Gone", the next single fizzled out and the album sold terribly. So he decided that he would start releasing [=EPs=]; while these themselves didn't light up the sales charts, the three singles from his two [=EPs=] ("Hillbilly Bone" [a duet with Music/TraceAdkins], "All About Tonight", and "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking") all went to #1 within the course of a year. This provided him with enough momentum for him to return to full albums, with the next three in the cycle (''Red River Blue'', ''Based on a True Story...'', and ''Bringing Back the Sunshine'') all becoming smashes and maintining a massive streak of #1 hits on the country charts (from "Hillbilly Bone" to "Came Here to Forget" in 2016, he hit #1 ''seventeen'' times in a row, one of the longest streaks achieved by any country artist ever). Even better, he managed to outpeak "Austin" ''twice'' on the pop charts, with "Honey Bee" and "Boys 'Round Here", which are also tied with "God Gave Me You" as his best-selling digital singles. Also helping was his gig as a coach on ''Series/TheVoice'' (started in 2011), which exposed him to a wider and more diverse audience.

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* '''Music/BlakeShelton''': For many years, Shelton had an inconsistent track record, and often struggled to get more than one big hit off an album, with his debut smash "Austin" (five-week stay at #1 on the country charts, #18 on the pop charts) casting a huge shadow. After neither of the singles from his fourth album ''Pure BS'' performed well, the album was re-released with a cover of Music/MichaelBuble's "Home" that went all the way to #1. Although the next album, ''Startin' Fires'', produced another #1 in "She Wouldn't Be Gone", the next single fizzled out and the album sold terribly. So he decided that he would start releasing [=EPs=]; while these themselves didn't light up the sales charts, the three singles from his two [=EPs=] ("Hillbilly Bone" [a duet with Music/TraceAdkins], "All About Tonight", and "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking") all went to #1 within the course of a year. This provided him with enough momentum for him to return to full albums, with the next three in the cycle (''Red River Blue'', ''Based on a True Story...'', and ''Bringing Back the Sunshine'') all becoming smashes and maintining maintaining a massive streak of #1 hits on the country charts (from "Hillbilly Bone" to "Came Here to Forget" in 2016, he hit #1 ''seventeen'' times in a row, one of the longest streaks achieved by any country artist ever). Even better, he managed to outpeak "Austin" ''twice'' on the pop charts, with "Honey Bee" and "Boys 'Round Here", which are also tied with "God Gave Me You" as his best-selling digital singles. Also helping was his gig as a coach on ''Series/TheVoice'' (started in 2011), which exposed him to a wider and more diverse audience.



* '''Steve Wariner'''. The country hit maker had a fairly consistent streak from 1981 to 1993, but he hit a dry spell after that. However, a few artists ended up recording songs that he wrote, most notably Music/ClintBlack ("Nothin' but the Taillights"), Music/GarthBrooks ("Longneck Bottle", which also featured Wariner on lead guitar and background vocals), and Bryan White ("One Small Miracle"). He also got a duet vocal on OneHitWonder Anita Cochran's late 1997-early 1998 hit "What If I Said", and some stations even played these four songs in dedicated blocks. Their success led to him signing with Capitol Records in 1997, and he had three more Top 10 hits off his next two albums (''Burnin' the Roadhouse Down'' and ''Two Teardrops''), plus a Top 5 guest spot on Black's 2000 hit "Been There" and a co-writer's credit on Music/KeithUrban's 2001 hit "Where the Blacktop Ends" before the hits dried out again.

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* '''Steve Wariner'''. The country hit maker had a fairly consistent streak from 1981 to 1993, but he hit a dry spell after that. However, a few artists ended up recording songs that he wrote, most notably Music/ClintBlack ("Nothin' but the Taillights"), Music/GarthBrooks ("Longneck Bottle", which also featured Wariner on lead guitar and background vocals), and Bryan White ("One Small Miracle"). He also got a duet vocal on OneHitWonder Anita Cochran's late 1997-early 1998 hit "What If I Said", and some stations even played these four songs in dedicated blocks. Their success led to him signing with Capitol Records in 1997, and he had three more Top 10 hits off his next two albums (''Burnin' the Roadhouse Down'' and ''Two Teardrops''), plus a Top 5 guest spot on Black's 2000 hit "Been There" and a co-writer's co-writer credit on Music/KeithUrban's 2001 hit "Where the Blacktop Ends" before the hits dried out again.



* '''Wiz Khalifa''' was the hottest new rapper of 2011, whose song "Black & Yellow" became a very rare #1 hit in a time where rap songs didn't gain enough crossover appeal to hit #1 (unless they were mixed with EDM, pop, or R&B). He continued to remain relevant through hit collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg ("Young, Wild, and Free") and Maroon 5 ("Payphone"). But by 2015 his hype died down as he was being overshadowed by the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. His second and third albums didn't sell nearly as well as his first, and he proved unable to score another major hit. That year, he recorded "[[Music/Furious7Soundtrack See You Again]]," for the movie ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Furious 7]]''. Khalifa had previously provided a song for the ''Fast 6'' soundtrack, "We Own It", which was red-hot for a week after the movie came out thanks to his and 2 Chainz' fanbases buying it off [=iTunes=], but it quickly plummeted off afterwards. Expectations for "See You Again" were the same, especially given that it was more of a pop song than his signature rap style and that his collaborator, Music/CharliePuth, was almost completely unknown at the time, unlike 2 Chainz. Then the film came out, and the song suddenly struck a chord with listeners. The song's message about death connected with audiences, especially considering it was recorded [[RealitySubtext in memory of its star Paul Walker]]. After seeing the movie's emotional ending scene, audiences rushed to buy it on [=iTunes=], and thanks to strong word-of-mouth quickly caught on with the general public. It shot to #1 just two weeks after the movie came out, dethroning Mark Ronson and Music/BrunoMars's seemingly immovable megahit "Uptown Funk!" off the top spot after 14 weeks on its way to its own lengthy 12-week stay on top, and re-established himself as a hip-hop megastar. The most surprising part about it is that despite ''Furious 7'' having been an enormous blockbuster, the song turned out to be ''[[BreakawayPopHit even bigger]]'', as it became a bona-fide pop cultural phenomenon; thanks to perfect mid-spring timing, ''Again'' was easily repurposed into a graduation anthem (thanks in no small part to lines like "we've come a long way from where we began"). Needless to say, Khalifa's career was back on track.

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* '''Wiz Khalifa''' was the hottest new rapper of 2011, whose song "Black & Yellow" became a very rare #1 hit in a time where rap songs didn't gain enough crossover appeal to hit #1 (unless they were mixed with EDM, pop, or R&B). He continued to remain relevant through hit collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg ("Young, Wild, and Free") and Maroon 5 ("Payphone"). But by 2015 his hype died down as he was being overshadowed by the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. His second and third albums didn't sell nearly as well as his first, and he proved unable to score another major hit. That year, he recorded "[[Music/Furious7Soundtrack See You Again]]," for the movie ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Furious 7]]''. Khalifa had previously provided a song for the ''Fast 6'' soundtrack, "We Own It", which was red-hot for a week after the movie came out thanks to his and 2 Chainz' fanbases buying it off [=iTunes=], but it quickly plummeted off afterwards. Expectations for "See You Again" were the same, especially given that it was more of a pop song than his signature rap style and that his collaborator, Music/CharliePuth, was almost completely unknown at the time, unlike 2 Chainz. Then the film came out, and the song suddenly struck a chord with listeners. The song's message about death connected with audiences, especially considering it was recorded [[RealitySubtext in memory of its star Paul Walker]]. After seeing the movie's emotional ending scene, audiences rushed to buy it on [=iTunes=], and thanks to strong word-of-mouth quickly caught on with the general public. It shot to #1 just two weeks after the movie came out, dethroning Mark Ronson and Music/BrunoMars's seemingly immovable megahit "Uptown Funk!" off the top spot after 14 weeks on its way to its own lengthy 12-week stay on top, and re-established himself as a hip-hop megastar. The most surprising part about it is that despite ''Furious 7'' having been an enormous blockbuster, the song turned out to be ''[[BreakawayPopHit even bigger]]'', as it became a bona-fide bonafide pop cultural phenomenon; thanks to perfect mid-spring timing, ''Again'' was easily repurposed into a graduation anthem (thanks in no small part to lines like "we've come a long way from where we began"). Needless to say, Khalifa's career was back on track.



* '''Music/Blink182''' was one of the biggest rock bands in the world from the late-'90s to the mid-'00s, and are credited for launching PopPunk into the mainstream. On alternative radio, they were royalty, scoring hit-after-hit such as "Dammit", "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things" (which became an inescapable pop hit in 2000), "Adam's Song", "Man Overboard", and "I Miss You", among others. However, in 2005 they went on a hiatus due to both CreativeDifferences between Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker against Tom [=DeLonge=], as well as their excessive touring getting in the way of spending time with their families. They reformed in 2009, and released their sixth album ''Neighborhoods'' in 2011. While it did respectably, the album and its songs quickly faded out of public consciousness largely due to their style of PopPunk having declined in popularity, as well as ''more'' infighting between the band and Tom. This culminated with the latter leaving ''again''. After that, many assumed they were done for good. However, that wasn't the case. Instead, they got Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba to join the band as an official member in the place of Tom, and they began working on their seventh album ''California'', released in July 2016. It was practically an overnight success. The lead single "Bored to Death" became their third #1 on alternative, and the first in ''over ten years''. As a bonus, it was also their first ever hit on mainstream rock, peaking at #6 on that chart. The album itself debuted at '''#1''' on the Billboard 200 and went gold, a rare feat for a full-fledged rock band in the 2010s and doubly so for a pop punk band. It also became their first chart-topper across UsefulNotes/ThePond, hitting #1 in the UK. Afterwards they embarked on an arena-sized tour with fellow pop punk bands Music/ADayToRemember and Music/TheAllAmericanRejects. With the band now fully unified, they have proven that they can still remain relevant over a decade-and-a-half after they first hit the scene, and are showing no signs of going back.

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* '''Music/Blink182''' was one of the biggest rock bands in the world from the late-'90s to the mid-'00s, and are credited for launching PopPunk into the mainstream. On alternative radio, they were royalty, scoring hit-after-hit such as "Dammit", "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things" (which became an inescapable pop hit in 2000), "Adam's Song", "Man Overboard", and "I Miss You", among others. However, in 2005 they went on a hiatus due to both CreativeDifferences between Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker against Tom [=DeLonge=], as well as their excessive touring getting in the way of spending time with their families. They reformed in 2009, and released their sixth album ''Neighborhoods'' in 2011. While it did respectably, the album and its songs quickly faded out of public consciousness largely due to their style of PopPunk having declined in popularity, as well as ''more'' infighting between the band and Tom. This culminated with the latter leaving ''again''. After that, many assumed they were done for good. However, that wasn't the case. Instead, they got Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba to join the band as an official member in the place of Tom, and they began working on their seventh album ''California'', released in July 2016. It was practically an overnight success. The lead single "Bored to Death" became their third #1 on alternative, and the first in ''over ten years''. As a bonus, it was also their first ever hit on mainstream rock, peaking at #6 on that chart. The album itself debuted at '''#1''' on the Billboard 200 and went gold, a rare feat for a full-fledged rock band in the 2010s and doubly so for a pop punk pop-punk band. It also became their first chart-topper across UsefulNotes/ThePond, hitting #1 in the UK. Afterwards they embarked on an arena-sized tour with fellow pop punk pop-punk bands Music/ADayToRemember and Music/TheAllAmericanRejects. With the band now fully unified, they have proven that they can still remain relevant over a decade-and-a-half after they first hit the scene, and are showing no signs of going back.



* '''Josh Hamilton''' was one of the most highly touted prospects in the history of baseball when he was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. But after sustaining injuries in a 2001 car accident, he turned to alcohol and drugs to ease the pain, leading to him become hopelessly addicted to them. As a result of his substance abuse and further injuries, he was banned and ''out of baseball in 2004, 2005 and most of 2006''; Creator/{{ESPN}} then named him the 35th worst draft pick of all time. Then, amazingly, he found religion, cleaned himself up, went to Cincinnati and then Texas, and has now gone on to be one of the game's best players, including an amazing home run derby performance in 2008. Unfortunately, Hamilton then had a couple relapses in 2012 and 2015, and hasn't played since.

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* '''Josh Hamilton''' was one of the most highly touted prospects in the history of baseball when he was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. But after sustaining injuries in a 2001 car accident, he turned to alcohol and drugs to ease the pain, leading to him become hopelessly addicted to them. As a result of his substance abuse and further injuries, he was banned and ''out of baseball in 2004, 2005 and most of 2006''; Creator/{{ESPN}} then named him the 35th worst draft pick of all time. Then, amazingly, he found religion, cleaned himself up, went to Cincinnati and then Texas, and has now gone on to be one of the game's best players, including an amazing home run derby performance in 2008. Unfortunately, Hamilton then had a couple of relapses in 2012 and 2015, 2015 and hasn't played since.



* '''Marv Albert''' is arguably, the greatest NBA announcer ever (perhaps the closest rival to that throne is the late, great Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn). Not only was he the long time voice of not only the New York Knicks but also the New York Rangers hockey team and a top announcer for NBC Sports during the 1980s and 1990s. However, it all crashed down in 1997 when Albert was caught up in a sex scandal involving him allegedly sodomizing a woman (and biting her back) in a motel. After finishing calling the 1997 NBA Finals for NBC, Albert was fired by the network. Albert slowly but surely worked his way back, first with Turner Sports on their NBA broadcasts (as well as the Wimbledon tennis tournament) and with NBC. Finally, in 2000-01, Albert returned to the top spot as NBC's lead NBA announcer, replacing Bob Costas, who had the job the previous three seasons. He held that post until NBC lost the NBA TV rights to ABC/ESPN after the 2001-02 season. Shortly thereafter, Albert became lead play-by-play man for TNT's NBA broadcasts and CBS Radio's ''Monday Night Football'' broadcasts.
* '''Landon Donovan''' became a worldwide name with a sterling performance for the USA at the 2002 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]], earning a Young Player of the Year award and attracting European interest. Then came the failed stints at German clubs, the whining about homesickness that earned him the nickname Landycakes, his lackluster play in the '06 Cup, and the eventual humiliation of losing his captain's armband at LA Galaxy to then-frenemy David Beckham. That turned around in 08/09: he became the country's all-time highest goal scorer, Galaxy's new manager restored him as team captain, and (with a newfound maturity he credited to his divorce) he played a vital part in taking the USA to the finals of the Confederations Cup. A highly successful loan to English team Everton and a career-high performance at the 2010 World Cup followed. Even the most cynical American soccer fans will now admit he's one of the country's all time best players. He eventually retired in 2014 as the second-most capped player, the best goal scorer of the national team, and an MLS legend. Donovan came back to Los Angeles for one last hurrah in 2016 as a free agent after the team's stars went down with season-ending injuries. He couldn't stay retired, coming back ''again'' in 2018 with Mexican top-flight side León.
* Brazilian footballer '''Ronaldo''' did it twice. At the age of 17, he was a successful striker enough to be called for the victorious 1994 UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup squad (though he didn't play any games). Then in 1998 he suffered a [[HeroicBSOD convulsion]] before the World Cup final that caused him and the rest of Brazil's team to play bad enough to lose 3-0. Knee problems kept him out of the field for the most part of 1999-2001. Still, national team coach Felipão believed in Ronaldo enough to bring him to the 2002 World Cup, where he was both champion and top scorer (including the 2 goals in the final). Between 2005 and 2008, his career again stalled, with injuries, weight gain and a conturbed personal life (such as an [[UnsettlingGenderReveal infamous case involving transvestites]]). Then he returned to Brazil, where he became an idol in Corinthians.
* '''Rick Ankiel''' (formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals) was a promising pitcher early in his career. However, after a while he fell into a huge slump, and was sent down to the minors. After a few years of bouncing back and forth between the majors and the minors and showing no signs of returning to his former promise, he was allowed a second chance as an outfielder. After training, he came back up to the majors and became a solid addition to the St. Louis outfield, making several outstanding plays- ironically aided by his pitcher's arm allowing him to make some incredibly accurate plays from quite long distances. Ankiel was later traded, and is still considered a good outfielder, if not really a star.
* '''R.A. Dickey''', a pitcher for the Rangers in the early- to mid-naughties and had pitching skills and stats that, at their zenith, were mediocre. Then he decided to try the knuckleball, the [[JokeCharacter joke pitch]] of baseball, and wound up bouncing around the minors, with occasional stints in the majors for several years. In 2010, he signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets who called him up in mid-May and was one of the few things that season for [[ButtMonkey Mets]] fans to cheer about: his [[JokeCharacter joke pitch]] had become a [[LethalJokeCharacter lethal joke pitch]]. Two years later, he won the Cy Young Award, and in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays made him their ace.

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* '''Marv Albert''' is arguably, the greatest NBA announcer ever (perhaps the closest rival to that throne is the late, great Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn). Not only was he the long time longtime voice of not only the New York Knicks but also the New York Rangers hockey team and a top announcer for NBC Sports during the 1980s and 1990s. However, it all crashed down in 1997 when Albert was caught up in a sex scandal involving him allegedly sodomizing a woman (and biting her back) in a motel. After finishing calling the 1997 NBA Finals for NBC, Albert was fired by the network. Albert slowly but surely worked his way back, first with Turner Sports on their NBA broadcasts (as well as the Wimbledon tennis tournament) and with NBC. Finally, in 2000-01, Albert returned to the top spot as NBC's lead NBA announcer, replacing Bob Costas, who had the job the previous three seasons. He held that post until NBC lost the NBA TV rights to ABC/ESPN after the 2001-02 season. Shortly thereafter, Albert became lead play-by-play man for TNT's NBA broadcasts and CBS Radio's ''Monday Night Football'' broadcasts.
* '''Landon Donovan''' became a worldwide name with a sterling performance for the USA at the 2002 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]], earning a Young Player of the Year award and attracting European interest. Then came the failed stints at German clubs, the whining about homesickness that earned him the nickname Landycakes, his lackluster play in the '06 Cup, and the eventual humiliation of losing his captain's armband at LA Galaxy to then-frenemy David Beckham. That turned around in 08/09: he became the country's all-time highest goal scorer, goalscorer, Galaxy's new manager restored him as team captain, and (with a newfound maturity he credited to his divorce) he played a vital part in taking the USA to the finals of the Confederations Cup. A highly successful loan to English team Everton and a career-high performance at the 2010 World Cup followed. Even the most cynical American soccer fans will now admit he's one of the country's all time all-time best players. He eventually retired in 2014 as the second-most capped player, the best goal scorer of the national team, and an MLS legend. Donovan came back to Los Angeles for one last hurrah in 2016 as a free agent after the team's stars went down with season-ending injuries. He couldn't stay retired, coming back ''again'' in 2018 with Mexican top-flight side León.
* Brazilian footballer '''Ronaldo''' did it twice. At the age of 17, he was a successful striker enough to be called for the victorious 1994 UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup squad (though he didn't play any games). Then in 1998 1998, he suffered a [[HeroicBSOD convulsion]] before the World Cup final that caused him and the rest of Brazil's team to play bad enough to lose 3-0. Knee problems kept him out of the field for the most part of 1999-2001. Still, national team coach Felipão believed in Ronaldo enough to bring him to the 2002 World Cup, where he was both champion and top scorer (including the 2 goals in the final). Between 2005 and 2008, his career again stalled, with injuries, weight gain and a conturbed personal life (such as an [[UnsettlingGenderReveal infamous case involving transvestites]]). Then he returned to Brazil, where he became an idol in Corinthians.
* '''Rick Ankiel''' (formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals) was a promising pitcher early in his career. However, after a while while, he fell into a huge slump, slump and was sent down to the minors. After a few years of bouncing back and forth between the majors and the minors and showing no signs of returning to his former promise, he was allowed a second chance as an outfielder. After training, he came back up to the majors and became a solid addition to the St. Louis outfield, making several outstanding plays- ironically aided by his pitcher's arm allowing him to make some incredibly accurate plays from quite long distances. Ankiel was later traded, traded and is still considered a good outfielder, if not really a star.
* '''R.A. Dickey''', a pitcher for the Rangers in the early- to mid-naughties mid-noughties and had pitching skills and stats that, at their zenith, were mediocre. Then he decided to try the knuckleball, the [[JokeCharacter joke pitch]] of baseball, and wound up bouncing around the minors, with occasional stints in the majors for several years. In 2010, he signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets who called him up in mid-May and was one of the few things that season for [[ButtMonkey Mets]] fans to cheer about: his [[JokeCharacter joke pitch]] had become a [[LethalJokeCharacter lethal joke pitch]]. Two years later, he won the Cy Young Award, and in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays made him their ace.



* '''Teemu Selänne''' caught the NHL by storm when he scored 76 goals for the Winnipeg Jets in his rookie season in 1992-93. Dubbed "The Finnish Flash", Selänne would electrify crowds for years- first in Winnipeg and then in Anaheim and San Jose- before his flashy play caught up to him requiring multiple knee surgeries. After performing poorly as a member of the Colorado Avalanche in 2003-04- where he was at times not even used during games- it was thought that his career was finished, his knee injuries catching up to him like they did with Pavel Bure, a similarly flashy player who crashed out of the league at roughly the same time. However, in 2005-06- using the lockout cancelled 2004-05 season to recover- Selänne signed again with the Ducks, where he again regained his status as a star scorer (and became a more complete player), a role he continued to have for several more seasons. He retired under his terms at the end of the 2013–14 season, and [[http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/teemu-selanne-paul-kariya-headline-2017-hockey-hall-fame-class/ he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 3 years later]].

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* '''Teemu Selänne''' caught the NHL by storm when he scored 76 goals for the Winnipeg Jets in his rookie season in 1992-93. Dubbed "The Finnish Flash", Selänne would electrify crowds for years- first in Winnipeg and then in Anaheim and San Jose- before his flashy play caught up to him requiring multiple knee surgeries. After performing poorly as a member of the Colorado Avalanche in 2003-04- where he was at times not even used during games- it was thought that his career was finished, his knee injuries catching up to him like as they did with Pavel Bure, a similarly flashy player who crashed out of the league at roughly the same time. However, in 2005-06- using the lockout cancelled 2004-05 season to recover- Selänne signed again with the Ducks, where he again regained his status as a star scorer (and became a more complete player), a role he continued to have for several more seasons. He retired under his terms at the end of the 2013–14 season, and [[http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/teemu-selanne-paul-kariya-headline-2017-hockey-hall-fame-class/ he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 3 years later]].



* '''UsefulNotes/LeBronJames''' At separate points in his career, [=LeBron=] has seen a massive turn around in both success and popularity. James had a massive [[HollywoodHypeMachine hype machine]], being dubbed TheChosenOne before even being drafted into the NBA. In 2003, at the young age of 18, he joined his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, turning the team from low tier team in a city notoriously cursed with bad luck regarding sports into a guaranteed presence in the playoffs. Despite James' gifts, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut they could never make it out of the playoffs.]] Their single Finals appearance in 2007 saw them getting swept in four games, and the reemergence of the Boston Celtics from 2008-2010 made returning to the Finals an impossible task. This caused many to [[HypeBacklash call into question whether James was actually worth the hype.]] He controversially decided to [[MemeticMutation take his talents to South Beach]] in Miami in 2010 to create a "superteam" with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh; the results were 4 consecutive Finals Appearances and [=LeBron=] winning the championship, league MVP, and Finals MVP back-to-back in 2012-13, solidfying his place as the best single player of the early [=2010s=] [[FaceHeelTurn at the cost of the acclaim and love from the public that he had generally enjoyed during the early days of his career]]. Then before the 2014-2015 season, he stunned the world and [[WelcomeBackTraitor went back home to Cleveland]] with the sole purpose of winning a championship for the belaguered city. He did just that in the 2016 Finals, almost [[MiracleRally single-handedly powering his team back from a 3-1 game deficit]] against the dominant Golden State Warriors and winning his 3rd Finals MVP. As a result of the win, he ended Cleveland's 52 year championship drought and won, cemented his status as one of the greatest players of all time, and won back most of the respect and admiration that he had lost when he left for Miami 6 years prior. Also in 2016, baseball's Cleveland Indians made their first World Series since 1997, while the city's minor league hockey team, the Lake Erie (now Cleveland) Monsters, won the AHL title. All in all, it was a great year for Cleveland, Ohio.
* '''Alex Smith''', the former first overall draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers, was written off as a draft bust for a while, but in 2011 he TookALevelInBadass, getting just one away from his career high touchdowns and reducing his interceptions from 10 to 5, setting personal bests in rushing and taking the team to the playoffs. He was set to have a repeat performance the following year until an injury gave the job to Colin Kaepernick, but rebounded the next year after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, setting career bests in yards and touchdowns. As of 2017, Smith and the Chiefs are a perennial playoff team while Kaepernick, due to a combination of poor play and political controversy, found himself out of the NFL and the 49ers as a whole have fallen. In January 2018, Smith was traded to the Redskins, a team with bad luck at the QB position.
* '''Brian Vickers''', the former record holder[[note]]he was 20 years and 19 days when he set the record; in 2014 Chase Elliott set a new record at 18 years, 11 months and 11 days[[/note]] for youngest NASCAR national series champion (set in the second tier Xfinity Series, then known as the Busch Series, in 2003), has needed two of these just to stay active in the top tier Sprint Cup Series. His first derailment came when Hendrick Motorsports advanced him from their Xfinity program into the #25 entry on the Cup side, with the expectation that he would be able to improve the performance of the team from its long-time midpack stature to being on par with the team's other three entires (which all posted top ten points runs the year before). Vickers, however, put up results more in line with the previous several years of mediocrity in the #25, with his only win at Hendrick, in October 2006 at Talladega igniting a firestorm of controversy after he wrecked both Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the sport's most popular driver, and his own teammate Jimmie Johnson, which seemingly ended Johnson's already sputtering chances of winning a title.[[note]]Before this race, Johnson hadn't recorded a top ten in the 2006 Chase, and had been wrecked at New Hampshire to start the postseason on the wrong foot; after, however, Johnson would put together four runner ups and win to roar back and win his first of five staight and (as of 2014) six total titles[[/note]] In 2007, he landed with start up Red Bull Racing, and frequently struggled just to get the cars in the field. But when he could get into the field, he became a fairly reliable top ten finisher, and by 2009 he and Red Bull had their program strong enough for Vickers to win at Michigan and get them into the Chase field. However, things came unraveled again when Vickers was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs), pulmonary embolisms (clots from the DVT that had migrated to the lungs) ''and'' a hole in his heart in May 2010, which took him out of the car for the rest of the year. Red Bull underwent almost a complete regression without Vickers behind the wheel, such that when he returned in 2011, he was running severely limited equipment, at which point he began [[AxCrazy taking out his rage at his cars on his competitors]] and basically blacklisted himself from any competitive openings when Red Bull imploded at the end of the year.[[note]]for that matter, even Red Bull's successor, BK Racing, which could've used someone with Vickers' still indisputable raw talent to improve their own program, passed on him, preferring run less talented but also less controversial drivers like Landon Cassill and Travis Kvapil instead[[/note]] His second resurrection began when he got a part-time deal with a suddenly ascendant Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012, and posted five top tens (and three top fives) in eight starts. He got a slightly expanded deal the next year and won his third career race at New Hampshire that July, which eventually got him a two year full-time deal with MWR. However, MWR began to derail shortly after a cheating scandal (in which Vickers was marginally involved) led to the loss of major sponsor NAPA and a shutdown of one of the three teams, the #56, which was driven by Martin Truex, Jr.; Vickers' contract was for the #55 car, whose sponsor Aaron's stuck with the team. However, the loss of both revenue and real-world data from that third team has severely impacted MWR's ability to remain competitive, and Vickers has been unable to transcend this decline,[[note]]not helped by multiple recurrences of his health issues; the DVT came back and forced him out of the car in October 2013, when he was running the #55 after another of its drivers, Mark Martin, went to Stewart-Haas Racing to fill in for the injured Tony Stewart; meanwhile, a patch used to seal the hole in his heart would be rejected by his body in December 2014, which forced him to get heart surgery and sit out the first two races of 2015[[/note]] which means he may require another resurrection once his contract with the team ends after 2015.
* '''Ron Harper''' is an unusual example of Career Resurrection. Playing for the Los Angeles Clippers in the early '90s, Harper was a consistent 20-point scorer and a solid defender. But he was very injury-prone, and unhappy in what was then the NBA's equivalent of a jail sentence. Upon joining the Chicago Bulls for the 1994-95 season, Harper's scoring numbers and minutes took a huge tumble, but he had finally found happiness as an NBA player, staying healthy, finding a niche as the consummate defensive-oriented role player, and playing a key role in the Bulls' second three-peat. Harper later ended his career with two more championships with the Lakers. In all, he proved that sometimes, less is more when it comes to statistics.

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* '''UsefulNotes/LeBronJames''' At separate points in his career, [=LeBron=] has seen a massive turn around in both success and popularity. James had a massive [[HollywoodHypeMachine hype machine]], being dubbed TheChosenOne before even being drafted into the NBA. In 2003, at the young age of 18, he joined his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, turning the team from low tier team in a city notoriously cursed with bad luck regarding sports into a guaranteed presence in the playoffs. Despite James' gifts, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut they could never make it out of the playoffs.]] Their single Finals appearance in 2007 saw them getting swept in four games, and the reemergence of the Boston Celtics from 2008-2010 made returning to the Finals an impossible task. This caused many to [[HypeBacklash call into question whether James was actually worth the hype.]] He controversially decided to [[MemeticMutation take his talents to South Beach]] in Miami in 2010 to create a "superteam" with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh; the results were 4 consecutive Finals Appearances and [=LeBron=] winning the championship, league MVP, and Finals MVP back-to-back in 2012-13, solidfying solidifying his place as the best single player of the early [=2010s=] [[FaceHeelTurn at the cost of the acclaim and love from the public that he had generally enjoyed during the early days of his career]]. Then before the 2014-2015 season, he stunned the world and [[WelcomeBackTraitor went back home to Cleveland]] with the sole purpose of winning a championship for the belaguered beleaguered city. He did just that in the 2016 Finals, almost [[MiracleRally single-handedly powering his team back from a 3-1 game deficit]] against the dominant Golden State Warriors and winning his 3rd Finals MVP. As a result of the win, he ended Cleveland's 52 year 52-year championship drought and won, cemented his status as one of the greatest players of all time, and won back most of the respect and admiration that he had lost when he left for Miami 6 years prior. Also in 2016, baseball's Cleveland Indians made their first World Series since 1997, while the city's minor league hockey team, the Lake Erie (now Cleveland) Monsters, won the AHL title. All in all, it was a great year for Cleveland, Ohio.
* '''Alex Smith''', the former first overall draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers, was written off as a draft bust for a while, but in 2011 he TookALevelInBadass, getting just one away from his career high touchdowns and reducing his interceptions from 10 to 5, setting personal bests in rushing and taking the team to the playoffs. He was set to have a repeat performance the following year until an injury gave the job to Colin Kaepernick, Kaepernick but rebounded the next year after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, setting career bests in yards and touchdowns. As of 2017, Smith and the Chiefs are a perennial playoff team while Kaepernick, due to a combination of poor play and political controversy, found himself out of the NFL and the 49ers as a whole have fallen. In January 2018, Smith was traded to the Redskins, a team with bad luck at the QB position.
* '''Brian Vickers''', the former record holder[[note]]he was 20 years and 19 days when he set the record; in 2014 Chase Elliott set a new record at 18 years, 11 months and 11 days[[/note]] for youngest NASCAR national series champion (set in the second tier Xfinity Series, then known as the Busch Series, in 2003), has needed two of these just to stay active in the top tier Sprint Cup Series. His first derailment came when Hendrick Motorsports advanced him from their Xfinity program into the #25 entry on the Cup side, with the expectation that he would be able to improve the performance of the team from its long-time midpack stature to being on par with the team's other three entires entries (which all posted top ten points runs the year before). Vickers, however, put up results more in line with the previous several years of mediocrity in the #25, with his only win at Hendrick, in October 2006 at Talladega igniting a firestorm of controversy after he wrecked both Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the sport's most popular driver, and his own teammate Jimmie Johnson, which seemingly ended Johnson's already sputtering chances of winning a title.[[note]]Before this race, Johnson hadn't recorded a top ten in the 2006 Chase, and had been wrecked at New Hampshire to start the postseason on the wrong foot; after, after however, Johnson would put together four runner ups and win to roar back and win his first of five staight straight and (as of 2014) six total titles[[/note]] In 2007, he landed with start up start-up Red Bull Racing, and frequently struggled just to get the cars in the field. But when he could get into the field, he became a fairly reliable top ten finisher, and by 2009 he and Red Bull had their program strong enough for Vickers to win at Michigan and get them into the Chase field. However, things came unraveled again when Vickers was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs), pulmonary embolisms (clots from the DVT that had migrated to the lungs) ''and'' a hole in his heart in May 2010, which took him out of the car for the rest of the year. Red Bull underwent almost a complete regression without Vickers behind the wheel, such that when he returned in 2011, he was running severely limited equipment, at which point he began [[AxCrazy taking out his rage at his cars on his competitors]] and basically blacklisted himself from any competitive openings when Red Bull imploded at the end of the year.[[note]]for that matter, even Red Bull's successor, BK Racing, which could've used someone with Vickers' still indisputable raw talent to improve their own program, passed on him, preferring run less talented but also less controversial drivers like Landon Cassill and Travis Kvapil instead[[/note]] His second resurrection began when he got a part-time deal with a suddenly ascendant Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012, and posted five top tens (and three top fives) in eight starts. He got a slightly expanded deal the next year and won his third career race at New Hampshire that July, which eventually got him a two year full-time deal with MWR. However, MWR began to derail shortly after a cheating scandal (in which Vickers was marginally involved) led to the loss of major sponsor NAPA and a shutdown of one of the three teams, the #56, which was driven by Martin Truex, Jr.; Vickers' contract was for the #55 car, whose sponsor Aaron's stuck with the team. However, the loss of both revenue and real-world data from that third team has severely impacted MWR's ability to remain competitive, and Vickers has been unable to transcend this decline,[[note]]not helped by multiple recurrences of his health issues; the DVT came back and forced him out of the car in October 2013, when he was running the #55 after another of its drivers, Mark Martin, went to Stewart-Haas Racing to fill in for the injured Tony Stewart; meanwhile, a patch used to seal the hole in his heart would be rejected by his body in December 2014, which forced him to get heart surgery and sit out the first two races of 2015[[/note]] which means he may require another resurrection once his contract with the team ends after 2015.
* '''Ron Harper''' is an unusual example of Career Resurrection. Playing for the Los Angeles Clippers in the early '90s, Harper was a consistent 20-point scorer and a solid defender. But he was very injury-prone, injury-prone and unhappy in what was then the NBA's equivalent of a jail sentence. Upon joining the Chicago Bulls for the 1994-95 season, Harper's scoring numbers and minutes took a huge tumble, but he had finally found happiness as an NBA player, staying healthy, finding a niche as the consummate defensive-oriented role player, and playing a key role in the Bulls' second three-peat. Harper later ended his career with two more championships with the Lakers. In all, he proved that sometimes, less is more when it comes to statistics.



* Once considered a potential heir apparent to John Elway, '''Tommy Maddox''' was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 1992 who had fizzled out in Denver, the Los Angeles (later St. Louis) Rams, and the New York Giants and was out of the NFL by 1996. Leave it to Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's XFL to make Maddox into the league's sole MVP, and fuel his NFL comeback in 2001. He had two solid, if unspectacular seasons as the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback in 2002 (good enough for hum to win the Comeback Player of the Year award) and 2003, before backing up new Steelers franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 and 2005.

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* Once considered a potential heir apparent to John Elway, '''Tommy Maddox''' was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 1992 who had fizzled out in Denver, the Los Angeles (later St. Louis) Rams, and the New York Giants and was out of the NFL by 1996. Leave it to Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's XFL to make Maddox into the league's sole MVP, and fuel his NFL comeback in 2001. He had two solid, if unspectacular seasons as the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback in 2002 (good enough for hum him to win the Comeback Player of the Year award) and 2003, before backing up new Steelers franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 and 2005.



* '''Bogs Adornado''' is considered one of the PBA's top shooters of all time, but he was pretty much washed up early in the 1980 season, demoted to the bench after he suffered a career-threatening injury in 1977. Released by Crispa after only a handful of games, he joined the U-Tex Wranglers for the rest of 1980, and promptly returned to his old form, making the Mythical 5 (the PBA's all-league team) that same season. He followed that up by becoming a three-time MVP in 1981, and continued putting up big numbers for most of the remainder of his career, which ended in 1987 at the age of 36.
* '''Nick Foles''' had a breakout year in 2013 where he had the NFL's best passer rating and touchdown to interception ratio, resulting in a playoff berth for the Philadelphia Eagles and a Pro Bowl selection for him. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury midway through 2014 and, in a very controversial decision, head coach and general manager Chip Kelly decided to trade him to the St. Louis Rams. Foles struggled with his new team and was eventually released. After spending one season with the Kansas City Chiefs as a backup to Alex Smith, Foles considered retiring until he was persuaded by new Eagles GM Roseman to come back to Philadelphia in 2017 and serve as a backup/mentor to their second year starter Carson Wentz. In Week 14, Wentz, who was having an MVP season, went down with an ACL injury and Foles led the Eagles to clinch the division and eventually top seed in the NFC. Foles did very well in the playoffs and led the Eagles to the Super Bowl, scoring 34 points on the top ranked Minnesota Vikings defense along the way. In Super Bowl LII, Foles out-dueled the great Tom Brady in a 41-33 shootout that brought the Eagles their first Super Bowl victory in team history. Foles was named the game's MVP and now has several NFL teams attempting to work out a trade with the Eagles so he can become their starting quarterback.

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* '''Bogs Adornado''' is considered one of the PBA's top shooters of all time, but he was pretty much washed up early in the 1980 season, demoted to the bench after he suffered a career-threatening injury in 1977. Released by Crispa after only a handful of games, he joined the U-Tex Wranglers for the rest of 1980, and promptly returned to his old form, making the Mythical 5 (the PBA's all-league team) that same season. He followed that up by becoming a three-time MVP in 1981, 1981 and continued putting up big numbers for most of the remainder of his career, which ended in 1987 at the age of 36.
* '''Nick Foles''' had a breakout year in 2013 where he had the NFL's best passer rating and touchdown to interception ratio, resulting in a playoff berth for the Philadelphia Eagles and a Pro Bowl selection for him. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury midway through 2014 and, in a very controversial decision, head coach and general manager Chip Kelly decided to trade him to the St. Louis Rams. Foles struggled with his new team and was eventually released. After spending one season with the Kansas City Chiefs as a backup to Alex Smith, Foles considered retiring until he was persuaded by new Eagles GM Roseman to come back to Philadelphia in 2017 and serve as a backup/mentor to their second year second-year starter Carson Wentz. In Week 14, Wentz, who was having an MVP season, went down with an ACL injury and Foles led the Eagles to clinch the division and eventually top seed in the NFC. Foles did very well in the playoffs and led the Eagles to the Super Bowl, scoring 34 points on the top ranked top-ranked Minnesota Vikings defense along the way. In Super Bowl LII, Foles out-dueled the great Tom Brady in a 41-33 shootout that brought the Eagles their first Super Bowl victory in team history. Foles was named the game's MVP and now has several NFL teams attempting to work out a trade with the Eagles so he can become their starting quarterback.



* '''Wrestling/HulkHogan'''. THE biggest wrestling star of the 1980s, Hogan's career stalled in the mid '90s after a combination of steroid allegations (promptly ridding him of his reputation for being a good role model for children), a disastrous movie career, and especially jumping to Wrestling/{{WCW}} while still retaining the tired gimmick he'd held for a decade. Seen as old hat, boring and having gotten involved with a group of poor angles and feuds, Hogan's popularity was at an all time low when the decision was finally made to turn him Heel by being a founding member of the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] faction. The move sparked interest in wrestling that it hadn't seen since the turn of the decade. Hogan once more became one of the biggest names in wrestling as a leader of the nWo.
** Hogan's second career resurrection came after his legendary Wrestlemania 18 with [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. Booked as a heel as part of an attempt of an nWo resurrection, the Toronto crowd decided they just didn't want to boo the legendary Hulkster. They cheered Hogan and booed The Rock. The Rock switched on the fly, wrestling a more heel style than he'd planned once the crowd turned on him. The next night, also in Toronto, Hogan cut a promo thanking the fans, who at times drowned him out with their ovation. Shortly thereafter Hall and Nash turned on him, and he started coming out in his signature red and yellow to "Real American" once again. He enjoyed a short resurgence and even recaptured the WWE World Title from Triple H in 2002. He briefly left WWE in 2003 after a contract dispute, but returned in 2005 and finished up with WWE in 2007. His in-ring career ended shortly thereafter.

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* '''Wrestling/HulkHogan'''. THE biggest wrestling star of the 1980s, Hogan's career stalled in the mid '90s after a combination of steroid allegations (promptly ridding him of his reputation for being a good role model for children), a disastrous movie career, and especially jumping to Wrestling/{{WCW}} while still retaining the tired gimmick he'd held for a decade. Seen as old hat, boring and having gotten involved with a group of poor angles and feuds, Hogan's popularity was at an all time all-time low when the decision was finally made to turn him Heel by being a founding member of the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] faction. The move sparked interest in wrestling that it hadn't seen since the turn of the decade. Hogan once more became one of the biggest names in wrestling as a leader of the nWo.
** Hogan's second career resurrection came after his legendary Wrestlemania 18 with [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. Booked as a heel as part of an attempt of an a nWo resurrection, the Toronto crowd decided they just didn't want to boo the legendary Hulkster. They cheered Hogan and booed The Rock. The Rock switched on the fly, wrestling a more heel style than he'd planned once the crowd turned on him. The next night, also in Toronto, Hogan cut a promo thanking the fans, who at times drowned him out with their ovation. Shortly thereafter Hall and Nash turned on him, and he started coming out in his signature red and yellow to "Real American" once again. He enjoyed a short resurgence and even recaptured the WWE World Title from Triple H in 2002. He briefly left WWE in 2003 after a contract dispute, but returned in 2005 and finished up with WWE in 2007. His in-ring career ended shortly thereafter.



* '''Wrestling/ShawnMichaels''' is easily this. In TheNineties, he was acclaimed for his great ring work but run down for his drug use and constant showboating and backstage politics. In 1998, a bad back injury forced him out of the business and it looked like he was done. In 2002, after some replacement surgery and having undergone a religious conversion, HBK returned for "one more match" against Wrestling/TripleH. To the shock of everyone, Michaels wrestled a fantastic brawl that soon got him back into the swing of things. Indeed, it's arguable Michaels was actually better ''after'' his injury than before it, winning titles and creating classic Match of the Year battles against Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, and more. Also, Michaels was hailed for changing his attitude, more accepting and giving the rub to others. He finally retired in 2010 but his comeback established his legacy from a one-time great to one of the true icons of the entire business.

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* '''Wrestling/ShawnMichaels''' is easily this. In TheNineties, he was acclaimed for his great ring work but run down for his drug use and constant showboating and backstage politics. In 1998, a bad back injury forced him out of the business and it looked like he was done. In 2002, after some replacement surgery and having undergone a religious conversion, HBK returned for "one more match" against Wrestling/TripleH. To the shock of everyone, Michaels wrestled a fantastic brawl that soon got him back into the swing of things. Indeed, it's arguable that Michaels was actually better ''after'' his injury than before it, winning titles and creating classic Match of the Year battles against Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, and more. Also, Michaels was hailed for changing his attitude, more accepting and giving the rub to others. He finally retired in 2010 but his comeback established his legacy from a one-time great to one of the true icons of the entire business.



* '''Yumi Ohka''' was a TagTeam wrestler best known for her comedy routines and "idol" [[DoItYourselfThemeTune performances]] in the offbeat JD Star promotion. After four years with little to claim besides a tag title reign CutShort and one day possession of the infamous [[Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam Ironman Heavymetalweight Belt]], Yoshimoto decided it was ready to push Ohka as TheAce of the company only for her ACL to be broken and require multiple surgeries over the course of two years to repair. In 2007, JD Star announced it was going out of business and the act of it's final day was showcasing the resurrection of Ohka's career after her long absence to let everyone know she would be available in their absence. Pro Wrestling Wave was founded in April of the same year with Ohka as a regular in the main event...[[ButtMonkey unfortunately for her]], her [[TheGimmick gimmick]] would be EveryYearTheyFizzleOut for ''six years'' until continuous insults from Misaki Ohata and The World Famous Wrestling/{{Kana|koUrai}} finally lit a big enough fire in her to beat them both and become a double champion.

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* '''Yumi Ohka''' was a TagTeam wrestler best known for her comedy routines and "idol" [[DoItYourselfThemeTune performances]] in the offbeat JD Star promotion. After four years with little to claim besides a tag title reign CutShort and one day possession of the infamous [[Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam Ironman Heavymetalweight Belt]], Yoshimoto decided it was ready to push Ohka as TheAce of the company only for her ACL to be broken and require multiple surgeries over the course of two years to repair. In 2007, JD Star announced it was going out of business and the act of it's its final day was showcasing the resurrection of Ohka's career after her long absence to let everyone know she would be available in their absence. Pro Wrestling Wave was founded in April of the same year with Ohka as a regular in the main event...[[ButtMonkey unfortunately for her]], her [[TheGimmick gimmick]] would be EveryYearTheyFizzleOut for ''six years'' until continuous insults from Misaki Ohata and The World Famous Wrestling/{{Kana|koUrai}} finally lit a big enough fire in her to beat them both and become a double champion.



* '''Wrestling/SamoaJoe''' was at one point considered to be one of the best wrestlers in North America and pretty much put Wrestling/RingOfHonor on the map with his classic trilogy of matches with Wrestling/CMPunk as well as having epic encounters with the likes of Wrestling/KentaKobashi, Wrestling/BryanDanielson and Wrestling/AustinAries. He then moved to Wrestling/{{TNA}} and had a 18 month long winning streak that cemented him as one of the top stars in the company and his match with Wrestling/KurtAngle led to TNA's highest PPV buy rate at that time(25,000). However, after that it all seemed to slowly fall apart for Joe as a disappointing World Title run, poor angles and a dose of BadassDecay had completely destroyed Joe's aura. It didn't help when TNA retooled Joe into a AxCrazy WildSamoan, [[{{Narm}} which seemed to provoke more laughter than fear.]] Eventually TNA stopped trying and Joe's matches, save a great triple threat match with Wrestling/AJStyles and Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels, took a nosedive. Once Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/EricBischoff joined TNA Joe [[DemotedToExtra floundered between the mid to low card]] and was pretty much irrelevant in TNA for a year and a half. Until he formed a tag team with fellow struggling wrestler Wrestling/{{Magnus}} and eventually they became tag team champions, which made Joe relevant again in the eyes of fans. After the team broke up Joe's matches took a notable increase in quality resulting in show stealing matches against old rivals Austin Aries and Wrestling/KurtAngle. He hasn't reached his 2005-2006 peak, but Joe is quickly climbing back up the TNA ladder again. He left TNA in 2015 and went to Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}, becoming the first two-time NXT Champion and becoming a top monster heel.

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* '''Wrestling/SamoaJoe''' was at one point considered to be one of the best wrestlers in North America and pretty much put Wrestling/RingOfHonor on the map with his classic trilogy of matches with Wrestling/CMPunk as well as having epic encounters with the likes of Wrestling/KentaKobashi, Wrestling/BryanDanielson and Wrestling/AustinAries. He then moved to Wrestling/{{TNA}} and had a 18 month an 18-month long winning streak that cemented him as one of the top stars in the company and his match with Wrestling/KurtAngle led to TNA's highest PPV buy rate at that time(25,000). However, after that it all seemed to slowly fall apart for Joe as a disappointing World Title run, poor angles and a dose of BadassDecay had completely destroyed Joe's aura. It didn't help when TNA retooled Joe into a an AxCrazy WildSamoan, [[{{Narm}} which seemed to provoke more laughter than fear.]] Eventually Eventually, TNA stopped trying and Joe's matches, save a great triple threat match with Wrestling/AJStyles and Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels, took a nosedive. Once Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/EricBischoff joined TNA TNA, Joe [[DemotedToExtra floundered between the mid to low card]] and was pretty much irrelevant in TNA for a year and a half. Until he formed a tag team with fellow struggling wrestler Wrestling/{{Magnus}} and eventually eventually, they became tag team champions, which made Joe relevant again in the eyes of fans. After the team broke up Joe's matches took a notable increase in quality resulting in show stealing show-stealing matches against old rivals Austin Aries and Wrestling/KurtAngle. He hasn't reached his 2005-2006 peak, but Joe is quickly climbing back up the TNA ladder again. He left TNA in 2015 and went to Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}, becoming the first two-time NXT Champion and becoming a top monster heel.



* '''Wrestling/BeckyLynch''': Rebecca Knox was a wrestling prodigy in her home country of Ireland. When all-women's promotions in America were just starting to take off, she took the indie scene by storm. Then she suffered a serious head injury and had to retire at the age of nineteen. Later at the age of twenty six, she made a sudden return to wrestling and was signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}} instantly and quickly became the biggest she's ever been. She is held up as one of the 'Four Horsewomen' of NXT, alongside three [[Wrestling/SashaBanks much]] [[Wrestling/CharlotteFlair fresher]] [[Wrestling/{{Bayley}} talent]], who helped put women's wrestling back on the map for a mainstream audience. In 2016 she became the first ever [=SmackDown=] Women's Champion. She would experience this a second time towards the end on 2018. After losing the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship, she finds herself gradually OutOfFocus for the next year and a half in spite of her audible fan support. Then her FaceHeelTurn in ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2018'' happened, in which she attacked Wrestling/CharlotteFlair after her victory stating that Flair stole her spotlight and weaseled her way in the match that was originally just Becky's in the first place. Becky's subsequent MotiveRant (Flair [[CreatorsPet always getting free opportunities]], e.g.) would instead resonate with the fans instead of them turning on her. After defeating Flair to start her second reign, Becky was slated to face Raw Women's Champion Creator/RondaRousey on that year's ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' in a Champion vs. Champion match. But what ironically cemented Becky's status as WWE's BreakoutCharacter is the reason why the anticipated match ''didn't'' happen; on the final Raw before ''Survivor Series'', the [=SmackDown=] women attempted an invasion in which Becky was legitimately busted open and concussed by a stiff punch from [[Wrestling/NiaJax another wrestler]]. [[{{Determinator}} Becky shrugs off the injury to finish the segment]], winning her the respect of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, everyone in the locker room, and the further adoration of the fans. Her popularity ultimately lead her to be one of the first three women (along with Rousey and Flair) to main event ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' in which she came out victorious.

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* '''Wrestling/BeckyLynch''': Rebecca Knox was a wrestling prodigy in her home country of Ireland. When all-women's promotions in America were just starting to take off, she took the indie scene by storm. Then she suffered a serious head injury and had to retire at the age of nineteen. Later at the age of twenty six, twenty-six, she made a sudden return to wrestling and was signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}} instantly and quickly became the biggest she's ever been. She is held up as one of the 'Four Horsewomen' of NXT, alongside three [[Wrestling/SashaBanks much]] [[Wrestling/CharlotteFlair fresher]] [[Wrestling/{{Bayley}} talent]], who helped put women's wrestling back on the map for a mainstream audience. In 2016 she became the first ever first-ever [=SmackDown=] Women's Champion. She would experience this a second time towards the end on of 2018. After losing the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship, she finds herself gradually OutOfFocus for the next year and a half in spite of her audible fan support. Then her FaceHeelTurn in ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2018'' happened, in which she attacked Wrestling/CharlotteFlair after her victory stating that Flair stole her spotlight and weaseled her way in the match that was originally just Becky's in the first place. Becky's subsequent MotiveRant (Flair [[CreatorsPet always getting free opportunities]], e.g.) would instead resonate with the fans instead of them turning on her. After defeating Flair to start her second reign, Becky was slated to face Raw Women's Champion Creator/RondaRousey on that year's ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' in a Champion vs. Champion match. But what ironically cemented Becky's status as WWE's BreakoutCharacter is the reason why the anticipated match ''didn't'' happen; on the final Raw before ''Survivor Series'', the [=SmackDown=] women attempted an invasion in which Becky was legitimately busted open and concussed by a stiff punch from [[Wrestling/NiaJax another wrestler]]. [[{{Determinator}} Becky shrugs off the injury to finish the segment]], winning her the respect of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, everyone in the locker room, and the further adoration of the fans. Her popularity ultimately lead led her to be one of the first three women (along with Rousey and Flair) to main event ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' in which she came out victorious.



* While Wrestling/TheNewDay is a classic example of being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap, the stable itself has proven to be a Career Resurrection for '''Wrestling/KofiKingston'''. Prior to The New Day, Kingston was strictly being used as a jobber to the stars, rarely winning and not having taken part in any storylines of note since his last United States title reign. Kingston would get another resurgence as a singles competitor on the February 12, 2019 edition of ''[=SmackDown=]''. Being a literal last minute replacement for the injured Wrestling/MustafaAli in that year's ''Wrestling/EliminationChamber'' PPV, a Gauntlet match was held to determine who will be the final entrant in the eponymous chamber. Kingston then proceeded to steal the show, first eliminating ''reigning champion'' [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], followed by Wrestling/JeffHardy, and finally Wrestling/SamoaJoe. He would eventually lose to Wrestling/AJStyles, but the audience and his peers gave him a standing ovation for giving an excellent performance for over an hour. During said PPV, Kingston would steal the show again and became the final person eliminated by Daniel Bryan to retain the title, but the audience are on their seat during their match and once again gave Kingston a much bigger ovation for his showing. This ultimately lead to him challenging for the title at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 35'' and finally winning it, becoming the first African-born WWE Champion (along with becoming the thirtieth Triple Crown Champion and twentieth Wrestling/GrandSlamChampion) in history.
* '''Wrestling/TheMiz''' floundered in midcard hell after his brief run as a main eventer from 2010-2011. He made a face turn, which did nothing to refresh his character, then turned back heel under a Hollywood [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]-type gimmick and was given a "stunt double" (Wrestling/DamienSandow), that became more over than he was. 2016 was a turning point for him. His wife Wrestling/{{Maryse}} returned to the company as his valet and he truly began to shine during the second Brand Extension, cutting a WorkedShoot promo against [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] that was so epic that even the smarkiest of smarks weren't sure if it was legit or not, followed by a series of well-received matches with Wrestling/DolphZiggler, a feud with John Cena where both men (and their women) cut loose on each other with promo-work that wouldn't be out of place in the Attitude Era and a series of Intercontinental title reigns. The Miz, who was seen as a complete joke the previous year, once again became one of the more entertaining parts of WWE television.
* '''Wrestling/{{Sting}}'''. After becoming a breakout star in the late '80s, Sting became WCW's top guy in the early '90s, winning several world titles and being voted Most Popular Wrestler of the year in 1990, 1991, and 1994. Sting's momentum slowed down once Wrestling/RicFlair returned in 1993 after a two-year run in WWF, and took an even bigger hit when Hogan and Savage came aboard. As a result, Sting got lost in the shuffle, wrestling mostly in the midcard or as the RickyMorton to Hogan, Savage and Wrestling/LexLuger in tag team matches. After Hogan's own resurrection (see above), Sting knew he had to change his character or else he'd suffer the same fate as pre-heel turn Hogan. He changed his look from a bleach-blond surfer dude to a dark, ghostly avenger reminiscent of Eric Draven from ''Film/TheCrow'', [[SilentBob stopped cutting promos]] and took the fight directly to WCW's biggest threat via sneak attacks and theatrical mindtricks. He won the WCW World Heavyweight title at Starrcade 1997 (but not without controversy), which was his first world title reign since 1993, and was once again voted Most Popular Wrestler of the Year.

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* While Wrestling/TheNewDay is a classic example of being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap, the stable itself has proven to be a Career Resurrection for '''Wrestling/KofiKingston'''. Prior to The New Day, Kingston was strictly being used as a jobber to the stars, rarely winning and not having taken part in any storylines of note since his last United States title reign. Kingston would get another resurgence as a singles competitor on the February 12, 2019 edition of ''[=SmackDown=]''. Being a literal last minute last-minute replacement for the injured Wrestling/MustafaAli in that year's ''Wrestling/EliminationChamber'' PPV, a Gauntlet match was held to determine who will be the final entrant in the eponymous chamber. Kingston then proceeded to steal the show, first eliminating ''reigning champion'' [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], followed by Wrestling/JeffHardy, and finally Wrestling/SamoaJoe. He would eventually lose to Wrestling/AJStyles, but the audience and his peers gave him a standing ovation for giving an excellent performance for over an hour. During said PPV, Kingston would steal the show again and became the final person eliminated by Daniel Bryan to retain the title, but the audience are is on their seat during their match and once again gave Kingston a much bigger ovation for his showing. This ultimately lead led to him challenging for the title at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 35'' and finally winning it, becoming the first African-born WWE Champion (along with becoming the thirtieth Triple Crown Champion and twentieth Wrestling/GrandSlamChampion) in history.
* '''Wrestling/TheMiz''' floundered in midcard mid-card hell after his brief run as a main eventer from 2010-2011. He made a face turn, which did nothing to refresh his character, then turned back heel under a Hollywood [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]]-type gimmick and was given a "stunt double" (Wrestling/DamienSandow), that became more over than he was. 2016 was a turning point for him. His wife Wrestling/{{Maryse}} returned to the company as his valet and he truly began to shine during the second Brand Extension, cutting a WorkedShoot promo against [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] that was so epic that even the smarkiest of smarks weren't sure if it was legit or not, followed by a series of well-received matches with Wrestling/DolphZiggler, a feud with John Cena where both men (and their women) cut loose on each other with promo-work that wouldn't be out of place in the Attitude Era and a series of Intercontinental title reigns. The Miz, who was seen as a complete joke the previous year, once again became one of the more entertaining parts of WWE television.
* '''Wrestling/{{Sting}}'''. After becoming a breakout star in the late '80s, Sting became WCW's top guy in the early '90s, winning several world titles and being voted Most Popular Wrestler of the year in 1990, 1991, and 1994. Sting's momentum slowed down once Wrestling/RicFlair returned in 1993 after a two-year run in WWF, and took an even bigger hit when Hogan and Savage came aboard. As a result, Sting got lost in the shuffle, wrestling mostly in the midcard or as the RickyMorton to Hogan, Savage and Wrestling/LexLuger in tag team matches. After Hogan's own resurrection (see above), Sting knew he had to change his character or else he'd suffer the same fate as pre-heel turn Hogan. He changed his look from a bleach-blond surfer dude to a dark, ghostly avenger reminiscent of Eric Draven from ''Film/TheCrow'', [[SilentBob stopped cutting promos]] and took the fight directly to WCW's biggest threat via sneak attacks and theatrical mindtricks.mind tricks. He won the WCW World Heavyweight title at Starrcade 1997 (but not without controversy), which was his first world title reign since 1993, and was once again voted Most Popular Wrestler of the Year.



* '''Wrestling/KurtAngle''' made his WWF debut in 1999 with a lot of hype behind him, as he was the first Olympic Gold Medalist to enter a pro wrestling ring. Kurt lived up to the hype, winning dozens of championships and putting on many classic bouts. As injuries and addictions took their toll on him, WWE fired Angle in 2006 after he refused to go to rehab. He was quickly snatched up by Wrestling/{{TNA}} and while he was arguably more successful there than in WWE, many fans grew tired of Angle [[SpotlightStealingSquad constantly hogging the spotlight]] and his personal life went even further down the shitter: his wife Karen left him for Wrestling/JeffJarrett and he was arrested several times for drug and alcohol related offenses. Angle's second wife, Giovanna, convinced Kurt to enter rehab in 2013 and he dedicated himself to getting clean. Kurt left TNA in early 2016 and returned to WWE the following year, with a headlining Hall of Fame induction, a stint as RAW's general manager, and a return to the ring in October to fill in for Wrestling/RomanReigns in a 3-on-5 handicap TLC match. Angle proved he still had it, and his past struggles have been forgiven.

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* '''Wrestling/KurtAngle''' made his WWF debut in 1999 with a lot of hype behind him, as he was the first Olympic Gold Medalist to enter a pro wrestling ring. Kurt lived up to the hype, winning dozens of championships and putting on many classic bouts. As injuries and addictions took their toll on him, WWE fired Angle in 2006 after he refused to go to rehab. He was quickly snatched up by Wrestling/{{TNA}} and while he was arguably more successful there than in WWE, many fans grew tired of Angle [[SpotlightStealingSquad constantly hogging the spotlight]] and his personal life went even further down the shitter: his wife Karen left him for Wrestling/JeffJarrett and he was arrested several times for drug and alcohol related alcohol-related offenses. Angle's second wife, Giovanna, convinced Kurt to enter rehab in 2013 and he dedicated himself to getting clean. Kurt left TNA in early 2016 and returned to WWE the following year, with a headlining Hall of Fame induction, a stint as RAW's general manager, and a return to the ring in October to fill in for Wrestling/RomanReigns in a 3-on-5 handicap TLC match. Angle proved he still had it, and his past struggles have been forgiven.



Following the closure of WCW and a brief stint in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, Goldberg signed with WWE in 2003, which, despite a three month world title reign, didn't do much for Goldberg or WWE. Goldberg's contract expired the next year and after both he and Wrestling/BrockLesnar were booed out of the arena at Wrestling/WrestleMania XX, he retired from wrestling never to be seen again. At least not until 2016, when it was revealed that he was the PreOrderBonus character for ''[[Videogame/WWEVideoGames WWE 2K17]]'', which led to fans speculating that Goldberg might return to the ring, especially since this is the deal that led Sting to doing the same a few years prior and Goldberg stated in an interview that he'd like to have one last match [[SoMyKidsCanWatch for his wife and son]]. The fans were proven right as Goldberg announced that he would return one last time in order to challenge Lesnar again, promptly squashing the InvincibleVillain right in the middle of the ring, to thunderous approval from the fans. Goldberg extended the "last match" into a "last run", eliminating Lesnar from the Royal Rumble, defeating Kevin Owens for the Universal championship at ''[=FastLane=]'', then dropping it to Lesnar at [=WrestleMania=] 33. Although fans turned on Goldberg again following the title win, and actually cheered for Lesnar after he beat Goldberg, Goldberg appeared the next night and thanked the fans for his last run while leaving the door open for another in the future. He was announced as the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2018.\\

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Following the closure of WCW and a brief stint in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, Goldberg signed with WWE in 2003, which, despite a three month three-month world title reign, didn't do much for Goldberg or WWE. Goldberg's contract expired the next year and after both he and Wrestling/BrockLesnar were booed out of the arena at Wrestling/WrestleMania XX, he retired from wrestling never to be seen again. At least not until 2016, when it was revealed that he was the PreOrderBonus character for ''[[Videogame/WWEVideoGames WWE 2K17]]'', which led to fans speculating that Goldberg might return to the ring, especially since this is the deal that led Sting to doing do the same a few years prior and Goldberg stated in an interview that he'd like to have one last match [[SoMyKidsCanWatch for his wife and son]]. The fans were proven right as Goldberg announced that he would return one last time in order to challenge Lesnar again, promptly squashing the InvincibleVillain right in the middle of the ring, to thunderous approval from the fans. Goldberg extended the "last match" into a "last run", eliminating Lesnar from the Royal Rumble, defeating Kevin Owens for the Universal championship at ''[=FastLane=]'', then dropping it to Lesnar at [=WrestleMania=] 33. Although fans turned on Goldberg again following the title win, and actually cheered for Lesnar after he beat Goldberg, Goldberg appeared the next night and thanked the fans for his last run while leaving the door open for another in the future. He was announced as the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2018.\\



Goldberg's WWE return also seems to have revitalized his acting career and mainstream presence, with him appearing in the aptly titled ''Series/TheGoldbergs'', ''Film/NineLegends'', ''Film/AmericanSatan'', ''Series/TheGrandTour'', ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' and a few commericals.

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Goldberg's WWE return also seems to have revitalized his acting career and mainstream presence, with him appearing in the aptly titled ''Series/TheGoldbergs'', ''Film/NineLegends'', ''Film/AmericanSatan'', ''Series/TheGrandTour'', ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' and a few commericals.commercials.



* '''Wrestling/JeffJarrett''' was a solid midcard act in the early to mid-90s, but once the Wrestling/AttitudeEra kicked in, fans turned on him in droves and he was fired from WWF in 1999. The fandom's ire for Jarrett only worsened as he became a SpotlightStealingSquad in both WCW and TNA (the latter company being one he co-founded with his father Jerry). Even the death of his wife, Jill, and reduced role in TNA did little to repair this damage since it was soon discovered that Jarrett was having an affair with Kurt Angle's then-wife Karen. It wasn't until Jarrett left TNA and mended fences with WWE that people started openly admitting to liking him again. His Hall of Fame induction in 2018, followed by a return to a WWE ring in 2019, cemented his resurrection.

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* '''Wrestling/JeffJarrett''' was a solid midcard act in the early to mid-90s, but once the Wrestling/AttitudeEra kicked in, fans turned on him in droves and he was fired from WWF in 1999. The fandom's ire for Jarrett only worsened as he became a SpotlightStealingSquad in both WCW and TNA (the latter company being one he co-founded with his father Jerry). Even the death of his wife, Jill, and a reduced role in TNA did little to repair this damage since it was soon discovered that Jarrett was having an affair with Kurt Angle's then-wife Karen. It wasn't until Jarrett left TNA and mended fences with WWE that people started openly admitting to liking him again. His Hall of Fame induction in 2018, followed by a return to a WWE ring in 2019, cemented his resurrection.



* '''Ed Boon''' of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' fame. While other fighting series have made a successful leap to 3D, ''Mortal Kombat'' had [[PolygonCeiling "hit and miss"]] luck there, and during the 2000s it was massively overshadowed by other fighting games. Then in 2009 Creator/WarnerBros promptly picked up the studio that produces the series (now known as [=NetherRealm=] Studios), following Midway's bankruptcy. The end result: a complete ContinuityReboot in 2.5D. ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' was not only a critical and commercial smash, but also earned a spot as one of the featured tournament titles at the Evo Championship Series, a first for a ''Mortal Kombat'' title.

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* '''Ed Boon''' of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' fame. While other fighting series have made a successful leap to 3D, ''Mortal Kombat'' had [[PolygonCeiling "hit and miss"]] luck there, and during the 2000s it was massively overshadowed by other fighting games. Then in 2009 Creator/WarnerBros promptly picked up the studio that produces the series (now known as [=NetherRealm=] Studios), following Midway's bankruptcy. The end result: a complete ContinuityReboot in 2.5D. ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' was not only a critical and commercial smash, smash but also earned a spot as one of the featured tournament titles at the Evo Championship Series, a first for a ''Mortal Kombat'' title.



* '''Creator/PlatinumGames''', while well known for their rather stellar action games, many of which are considered classics, they found themselves in quite the slump during the mid 2010's. This involved the development and release of several licensed games under Creator/{{Activision}} that where seen as quite sub-par coming from them, hitting the absolute low point with ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles: Mutants in Manhattan'' as well as the subsequent cancellation of ''VideoGame/{{Scalebound}}''. They did release a few critically-acclaimed games during this time, such as ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'', but they had the curse of being on the Wii U; not really PG's fault since [[NetworkToTheRescue Nintendo was the reason those two games could happen]], but with relatively few people owning a Wii U, [[AcclaimedFlop it was hard to get those games flying off of the shelves]]. According to Hideki Kamiya, Platinum was about to file for bankruptcy should their next title fail. Fortunately the next game, ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', was not only a BreakthroughHit for creative director Creator/TaroYoko but also a massive critical and financial success, saving the company from bankruptcy and restoring their reputation in the eyes of gamers.

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* '''Creator/PlatinumGames''', while well known for their rather stellar action games, many of which are considered classics, they found themselves in quite the slump during the mid 2010's. mid-2010s. This involved the development and release of several licensed games under Creator/{{Activision}} that where were seen as quite sub-par coming from them, hitting the absolute low point with ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles: Mutants in Manhattan'' as well as the subsequent cancellation of ''VideoGame/{{Scalebound}}''. They did release a few critically-acclaimed games during this time, such as ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'', but they had the curse of being on the Wii U; not really PG's fault since [[NetworkToTheRescue Nintendo was the reason those two games could happen]], but with relatively few people owning a Wii U, [[AcclaimedFlop it was hard to get those games flying off of the shelves]]. According to Hideki Kamiya, Platinum was about to file for bankruptcy should their next title fail. Fortunately the next game, ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', was not only a BreakthroughHit for creative director Creator/TaroYoko but also a massive critical and financial success, saving the company from bankruptcy and restoring their reputation in the eyes of gamers.






* '''Rocio Mallo''' in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. In the late 90's was a rising star in the Latin American dubbing scene, with roles in popular shows like ''[[Anime/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin Super Cerdita]]'' (as Lassie Carlen[=/=]Karin Kokubu) and ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' (as Karen's first voice). After she moved to Mexico in 2001, her career stagnated for a while, even after her return to Venezuela in 2006. However, getting the role of Roxy in ''Winx Club'' brought her career to new heights, leading to her most famous role to date, [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Garnet]].

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* '''Rocio Mallo''' in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. In the late 90's '90s, she was a rising star in the Latin American dubbing scene, with roles in popular shows like ''[[Anime/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin Super Cerdita]]'' (as Lassie Carlen[=/=]Karin Kokubu) and ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' (as Karen's first voice). After she moved to Mexico in 2001, her career stagnated for a while, even after her return to Venezuela in 2006. However, getting the role of Roxy in ''Winx Club'' brought her career to new heights, leading to her most famous role to date, [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Garnet]].



* '''Vincent Chase''' (of ''Series/{{Entourage}}'') in ''Film/TheGreatGatsby''. ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' had previously had the biggest opening day film in history (in the show's fictional universe), surpassing the real-world record set by ''Film/SpiderMan1'', but his follow-up personal passion project ''Medellin'' was a critical, financial and popular failure. Despite its thirty million dollar budget and the legendary lengths the production crew went to to produce the film (including negotiations with the government ''and'' the drug cartels of Columbia to get the location and accuracy) the film ended up being released DirectToDVD after it was laughed out of the Cannes Film Festival. The subsequent disaster of ''Smokejumpers'', which saw his role continuously shrunk by the director and with the entire production eventually shut down by the studio, seemed to officially signal the end of his career and he actually left Hollywood to recuperate in Queens, New York. However, Creator/MartinScorsese called and gave Chase the title role in his adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic after he saw some of the dailies from ''Smokejumpers''.

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* '''Vincent Chase''' (of ''Series/{{Entourage}}'') in ''Film/TheGreatGatsby''. ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' had previously had the biggest opening day film in history (in the show's fictional universe), surpassing the real-world record set by ''Film/SpiderMan1'', but his follow-up personal passion project ''Medellin'' was a critical, financial and popular failure. Despite its thirty million dollar budget and the legendary lengths lengths, the production crew went to to produce the film (including negotiations with the government ''and'' the drug cartels of Columbia to get the location and accuracy) the film ended up being released DirectToDVD after it was laughed out of the Cannes Film Festival. The subsequent disaster of ''Smokejumpers'', which saw his role continuously shrunk by the director and with the entire production eventually shut down by the studio, seemed to officially signal the end of his career and he actually left Hollywood to recuperate in Queens, New York. However, Creator/MartinScorsese called and gave Chase the title role in his adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic after he saw some of the dailies from ''Smokejumpers''.



* '''Mariya Yamamoto''' of ''VisualNovel/ShiningSongStarnova'' was once a member of Quasar, Japan’s largest and most popular IdolSinger group, but despite spending almost ten years with them she never achieved enough notoriety to make it into Quasar’s prestigious front row unit and found herself constantly overshadowed by much younger girls, and was ultimately fired [[ChristmasCake for being too old]]. By the time the story begins she’s become a chain-smoking alcoholic working various jobs that she hates while struggling to find more idol work. Joining the newly-formed idol group Starnova helps to resurrect her career: she experiences a popularity resurgence in any route, and in her own route [[spoiler:she achieves her lifelong dream of becoming Japan’s most popular idol and performing live in the Tokyo Dome]].

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* '''Mariya Yamamoto''' of ''VisualNovel/ShiningSongStarnova'' was once a member of Quasar, Japan’s largest and most popular IdolSinger group, but despite spending almost ten years with them she never achieved enough notoriety to make it into Quasar’s prestigious front row unit and found herself constantly overshadowed by much younger girls, and was ultimately fired [[ChristmasCake for being too old]]. By the time the story begins she’s become a chain-smoking alcoholic working various jobs that she hates while struggling to find more idol work. Joining the newly-formed idol group Starnova helps to resurrect her career: she experiences a popularity resurgence in any route, route and in her own route [[spoiler:she achieves her lifelong dream of becoming Japan’s most popular idol and performing live in the Tokyo Dome]].





** ''Film/CapeFear'' and ''Film/GoodFellas'' more or less gave him AuteurLicense again and restored his commercial cache and critical reputation, allowing him to make films with bigger budgets and take on uncommercial subject mater like ''Film/TheAgeOfInnocence'' and ''Film/{{Kundun}}'' and still continue to thrive.

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** ''Film/CapeFear'' and ''Film/GoodFellas'' more or less gave him AuteurLicense again and restored his commercial cache and critical reputation, allowing him to make films with bigger budgets and take on uncommercial subject mater like ''Film/TheAgeOfInnocence'' ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence'' and ''Film/{{Kundun}}'' and still continue to thrive.



* '''Creator/CharlizeTheron''' in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. After winning an Oscar for ''Monster'', Theron had nowhere to go but up, even getting nominated again for ''Film/NorthCountry'' in 2005, but the same year, she starred in the critically and financially unsuccessful ''Film/AeonFlux''. After that, she was relegated to starring in a bunch of forgettable movies. Then, she starred in the 2011 critically acclaimed ''Young Adult'', which firmly placed her back in leading star territory and garnered her a Golden Globe nomination. Since then, she got to be a main character in 2 big films in 2012, ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' and ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman.'' 2015 would prove to have a massive start for her with heaps of critical acclaim being given to her for her performance as Imperator Furiosa in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad,'' so much so that most will say it's really ''her'' film and Max is just along for the ride and has been cited as the one of the greatest ActionGirl performances along with Creator/SigourneyWeaver in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' or Creator/JenniferLawrence in ''Film/TheHungerGames''. She is set to co-star in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast & Furious]] 8''.

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* '''Creator/CharlizeTheron''' in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. After winning an Oscar for ''Monster'', Theron had nowhere to go but up, even getting nominated again for ''Film/NorthCountry'' in 2005, but the same year, she starred in the critically and financially unsuccessful ''Film/AeonFlux''. After that, she was relegated to starring in a bunch of forgettable movies. Then, she starred in the 2011 critically acclaimed ''Young Adult'', which firmly placed her back in leading star territory and garnered her a Golden Globe nomination. Since then, she got to be a main character in 2 big films in 2012, ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' and ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman.'' 2015 would prove to have a massive start for her with heaps of critical acclaim being given to her for her performance as Imperator Furiosa in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad,'' so much so that most will say it's really ''her'' film and Max is just along for the ride and has been cited as the one of the greatest ActionGirl performances along with Creator/SigourneyWeaver in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' or Creator/JenniferLawrence in ''Film/TheHungerGames''. She is set to co-star in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast & Furious]] 8''.''Film/FastAndFuriousEight''.



* The UK dance pop group '''Steps''' infamously split up due to personal differences in 2001, but reunited a decade later.

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* The UK dance pop group '''Steps''' '''Music/{{Steps}}''' infamously split up due to personal differences in 2001, but reunited a decade later.



* '''Music/TheMonkees''' project was instantly successful--tellingly, the first single, "Last Train to Clarksville", started climbing the charts ''before'' the TV series went on the air--and the "4 insane boys" soon found themselves second only to Music/TheBeatles in popularity. Still, musical director Don Kirshner rarely let them play on their records (or write their own songs) -- which was kept secret until the frustrated band revealed it to the media, losing some credibility in the process. The hits continued for a while, even after the Monkees gave up their TV series after its second season. However, the group's 1968 film ''Film/{{Head}}'', a surreal, deliberately plotless {{Deconstruction}} of the band's journey through the ShowBusiness meat grinder, was a flop (although it's become a CultClassic). Eventually, their record sales dropped, and Peter Tork left, followed by Creator/MichaelNesmith. In 1969, Saturday morning reruns of the TV series got good ratings, which led to Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones doing ''Changes'', a return to the bubblegum pop of the early albums. However, the songs on ''Changes'' were not as catchy or distinctive as the ones on the band's early albums. ''Changes'' didn't chart, and that was the end of the Monkees. The four ex-members went on with their lives--until 1986. In 1986, {{Creator/MTV}} began celebrating the Monkees' 20th anniversary by rerunning their TV series. The reruns got great ratings, and suddenly the Monkees were a viable proposition again. The band had a top 20 hit with a new single ("That Was Then, This Is Now", which featured only Dolenz and Tork), started playing reunion concerts, and recorded a new album, ''Pool It'' (which featured Dolenz, Tork, and Jones). Then, for the band's 30th anniversary in 1996, Nesmith returned for the album ''Justus'', the only Monkees album that had no outside writers. musicians, or producers. They then went their separate ways until 2011, when Dolenz, Tork, and Jones had a hugely successful 45th anniversary concert tour. After Jones died in 2012, Nesmith joined the other surviving Monkees for tours in 2012 and 2013.

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* '''Music/TheMonkees''' project was instantly successful--tellingly, the first single, "Last Train to Clarksville", started climbing the charts ''before'' the TV series went on the air--and the "4 insane boys" soon found themselves second only to Music/TheBeatles in popularity. Still, musical director Don Kirshner rarely let them play on their records (or write their own songs) -- which was kept secret until the frustrated band revealed it to the media, losing some credibility in the process. The hits continued for a while, even after the Monkees gave up their TV series after its second season. However, the group's 1968 film ''Film/{{Head}}'', a surreal, deliberately plotless {{Deconstruction}} of the band's journey through the ShowBusiness meat grinder, was a flop (although it's become a CultClassic). Eventually, their record sales dropped, and Peter Tork left, followed by Creator/MichaelNesmith.Music/MichaelNesmith. In 1969, Saturday morning reruns of the TV series got good ratings, which led to Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones doing ''Changes'', a return to the bubblegum pop of the early albums. However, the songs on ''Changes'' were not as catchy or distinctive as the ones on the band's early albums. ''Changes'' didn't chart, and that was the end of the Monkees. The four ex-members went on with their lives--until 1986. In 1986, {{Creator/MTV}} began celebrating the Monkees' 20th anniversary by rerunning their TV series. The reruns got great ratings, and suddenly the Monkees were a viable proposition again. The band had a top 20 hit with a new single ("That Was Then, This Is Now", which featured only Dolenz and Tork), started playing reunion concerts, and recorded a new album, ''Pool It'' (which featured Dolenz, Tork, and Jones). Then, for the band's 30th anniversary in 1996, Nesmith returned for the album ''Justus'', the only Monkees album that had no outside writers. musicians, or producers. They then went their separate ways until 2011, when Dolenz, Tork, and Jones had a hugely successful 45th anniversary concert tour. After Jones died in 2012, Nesmith joined the other surviving Monkees for tours in 2012 and 2013.



* '''Creator/JudyGarland''' was a FormerChildStar under contract to Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, the star of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and a successful headlining star of movie musicals like ''Easter Parade'', ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'' and ''For Me And My Gal'', and a succession of films co-starring Mickey Rooney (including the successful ''Film/AndyHardy'' series). She had also branched into an equally successful singing career at the same time. However, erratic behavior caused by addictions to alcohol and prescription pills (begun when Garland was filming ''Oz'' when the studio recommended she take diet pills to lose weight) and mental illness, and multiple suicide attempts led to her being fired by MGM by 1950 and labeled a has been. She slowly returned to the spotlight via stage performances and a role in the Creator/WarnerBros 1954 remake of ''Film/{{A Star Is Born|1954}}'' followed, with the help of her second husband/manager Sid Luft, leading to the famous 1961 ''Judy At Carnegie Hall'' concerts, captured on a best-selling, Grammy Award-winning two-record set album. A short-lived TV variety show followed, and Judy had a new wave of popularity in the early [[TheSixties 1960s]].

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* '''Creator/JudyGarland''' was a FormerChildStar under contract to Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, the star of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and a successful headlining star of movie musicals like ''Easter Parade'', ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'' and ''For Me And My Gal'', and a succession of films co-starring Mickey Rooney Creator/MickeyRooney (including the successful ''Film/AndyHardy'' series). She had also branched into an equally successful singing career at the same time. However, erratic behavior caused by addictions to alcohol and prescription pills (begun when Garland was filming ''Oz'' when the studio recommended she take diet pills to lose weight) and mental illness, and multiple suicide attempts led to her being fired by MGM by 1950 and labeled a has been. She slowly returned to the spotlight via stage performances and a role in the Creator/WarnerBros 1954 remake of ''Film/{{A Star Is Born|1954}}'' followed, with the help of her second husband/manager Sid Luft, leading to the famous 1961 ''Judy At Carnegie Hall'' concerts, captured on a best-selling, Grammy Award-winning two-record set album. A short-lived TV variety show followed, and Judy had a new wave of popularity in the early [[TheSixties 1960s]].


* '''Music/KellyClarkson'''. Hot on the heels of her 2004 album "Breakaway", which went on to become one of the defining pop albums of the 2000s, she released the more abrasive and far less commercial "My December" in 2007. The album alienated a significant portion of her fan base (especially her older fans), and thus, Clarkson was written off by many as a has-been. Her follow-up "All I Ever Wanted" was mostly a return to the lighter pop of "Breakaway", and although sales for that album still fell short of the 1 million mark in the U.S, it re-established herself as a main force in the pop music world; its lead single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", still holds the record for the largest jump to the top of the Hot 100. Her comeback was solidified through her 2011 album "Stronger", which was both a critical and commercial success, spawning several hugely successful singles and fully bringing her career back on track.

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* '''Music/KellyClarkson'''. Hot on the heels of her 2004 album "Breakaway", which went on to become one of the defining pop albums of the 2000s, she released the more abrasive and far less commercial "My December" in 2007. The album alienated a significant portion of her fan base (especially her older fans), and thus, Clarkson was written off by many as a has-been. Her follow-up "All I Ever Wanted" was mostly a return to the lighter pop of "Breakaway", and although sales for that album still fell short of the 1 million mark in the U.S, it re-established herself as a main force in the pop music world; world, with its lead single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", still holds the record for the largest jump to the top of the Hot 100.becoming a massive hit. Her comeback was solidified through her 2011 album "Stronger", which was both a critical and commercial success, spawning several hugely successful singles and fully bringing her career back on track.



* '''Music/TaylorSwift''' was still successful, but she was OvershadowedByControversy over her love life, including SlutShaming, UnfortunateImplications and [[AstroTurf accusations over how she promoted herself]]. However, some posts on social media site [[http://www.ukastle.co.uk UKASTLE]] seemed to bring her career back into focus, and it also proved she was a bit more of a {{Geek}} than many people thought. Her attempts at being a pundit seem to have helped, too.


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* '''Music/PanicAtTheDisco''' debuted hot with one of the defining {{Emo}}-pop hits of the 2000s, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies". The band's second album, ''Pretty.Odd.'', took their sound in a radically different and polarizing direction towards psychedelic Beatles-style rock, and members of the band steadily left due to CreativeDifferences until only [[IAmTheBand Brendon Urie]] remained. While the band retained a strong core fanbase, it seemed likely that the band would remain a OneHitWonder in the eyes of the general public until over a decade after their debut, when the second single from the band's sixth album, "High Hopes", unexpectedly picked up traction on Top 40 radio. "High Hopes" surpassed "I Write Sins" #7 peak by climbing to #4 on the Hot 100. Urie subsequently was featured on the lead single for Music/TaylorSwift's next album, "Me!", which reached an even higher peak, seemingly securing the band's return to mass popularity.


* '''Randy Houser''' had a successful debut album in 2009 titled ''Anything Goes'', which produced hits in its title track and "Boots On". But lead singles to what would've been his second album stalled out at the lower regions of the charts, and when that album (''Call Me Cadillac'') was released, it made no noise at all. It also didn't help that his label, Universal South, was undergoing a merger with Music/TobyKeith's Show Dog label, thus spreading its resources thin and losing both him and nearly every other artist on the label in the shuffle. He left that label in favor of Broken Bow, where he quickly had his first two #1 hits in "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight", both of which sold platinum as well and earned him critical praise for blending traditional country with a modern edge. Two more Top 5 hits followed from his album also titled ''How Country Feels'', and in 2016, he had his third #1 hit with "We Went" from his second Broken Bow album, ''Fired Up''.

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* '''Randy Houser''' had a successful debut album in 2009 titled ''Anything Goes'', which produced hits in its title track and "Boots On". But lead singles to what would've been his second album stalled out at the lower regions of the charts, and when that album (''Call Me Cadillac'') was released, it made no noise at all. It also didn't help that his label, Universal South, was undergoing a merger with Music/TobyKeith's Show Dog label, thus spreading its resources thin and losing both him and nearly every other artist on the label in the shuffle. He left that label in favor of Broken Bow, where he quickly had his first two #1 hits in "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight", both of which sold platinum as well and earned him critical praise for blending traditional country with a modern edge. Two more Top 5 hits followed from his first Broken Bow, album also titled ''How Country Feels'', and in Feels''. In 2016, he had his third #1 hit with "We Went" from his second Broken Bow album, ''Fired Up''.Up''. Despite this single meeting FollowUpFailure, he had a resurgence in critical acclaim with his 2019 album ''Magnolia''.



* '''Music/BigAndRich''' were one of the biggest CountryMusic success stories of 2004 when they took the genre by storm, coming from seemingly nowhere with their novelty hit "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". At the time, they were heralded as a breath of fresh air, taking hard rock and rap influences into their music and blending them with colorful lyrics and quirky stage personae. They also championed other artists in their songwriter clique, the [=MuzikMafia=], most notably Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy. Co-founder John Rich (who was originally a member of Music/{{Lonestar}}, and had made a failed attempt at a solo career between leaving them and founding Big & Rich with Big Kenny) co-wrote and produced for a wide variety of acts at this time, including Music/FaithHill, Music/TimMcGraw, and Music/JasonAldean. "Save a Horse" came to be one of the defining country hits of the first decade of the 21st century. Despite their initial success, the novelty wore off fast, to the point that most of Big & Rich's later output was derided as weak and forced. For quite a while, it looked like Big & Rich would be derided as a flash in the pan and a OneHitWonder for "Save a Horse" (even though [[ChartDisplacement it only got to #11]] and the BlackSheepHit ballad "Lost in This Moment" became their only #1 hit in 2007). But then came their 2014 album ''Gravity'', released independently after their tenure with Creator/WarnerBrosRecords ended. While the album hasn't exactly lit up the sales charts, it has been well-received for focusing entirely on ballads (which have always been a strong suit of theirs, a fact that many have forgotten in the wake of their novelties). It has also produced big hits in "Look at You" and "Run Away with You".

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* '''Music/BigAndRich''' were one of the biggest CountryMusic success stories of 2004 when they took the genre by storm, coming from seemingly nowhere with their novelty hit "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". At the time, they were heralded as a breath of fresh air, taking hard rock and rap influences into their music and blending them with colorful lyrics and quirky stage personae. They also championed other artists in their songwriter clique, the [=MuzikMafia=], most notably Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy. Co-founder John Rich (who was originally a member of Music/{{Lonestar}}, and had made a failed attempt at a solo career between leaving them and founding Big & Rich with Big Kenny) co-wrote and produced for a wide variety of acts at this time, including Music/FaithHill, Music/TimMcGraw, and Music/JasonAldean. "Save a Horse" came to be one of the defining country hits of the first decade of the 21st century. Despite their initial success, the novelty wore off fast, to the point that most of Big & Rich's later the [=MuzikMafia=]'s successive output was derided panned as weak and forced. For quite a while, it looked like Big & Rich would be derided as a flash in the pan and a OneHitWonder for "Save a Horse" (even though [[ChartDisplacement it only got to #11]] and the BlackSheepHit ballad "Lost in This Moment" became their only #1 hit in 2007). But then came their 2014 album ''Gravity'', released independently after their tenure with Creator/WarnerBrosRecords ended. While the album hasn't exactly lit up the sales charts, it has been well-received for focusing entirely on ballads (which have always been a strong suit of theirs, a fact that many have forgotten in the wake of their novelties). It has also produced big hits in "Look at You" and "Run Away with You".



* '''Scotty [=McCreery=]''' won the 10th season of ''Series/AmericanIdol'' when he was only 17. While his first two albums were modest commercial sucesses, their singles didn't exactly light up the charts, with his best hits only barely making Top 20. He intended to release a third album, but when its lead single "Southern Belle" (a song that many derided as not fitting his established style, and which [=McCreery=] himself [[CreatorBacklash apparently didn't like]]) fell outside the top 40, Creator/MercuryRecords dropped him. It looked for sure as if [=McCreery's=] singing career was over before he was even old enough to drink legally, and he was not heard from again for years. But in late 2017, he independently released the song "Five More Minutes", which went viral thanks to his still-active fanbase and became the first song to make the ''Mediabase'' country singles charts without being promoted by a record label. Seeing a hit in the making, the newly-established Thirty Tigers label picked the song up for official release, causing it to progress naturally to #1 on the country music charts in the first quarter of 2018, thus becoming his biggest radio hit to date. The corresponding album on Thirty Tigers was released soon afterward, to largely positive reviews.

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* '''Scotty [=McCreery=]''' won the 10th season of ''Series/AmericanIdol'' when he was only 17. While his first two albums were modest commercial sucesses, their singles didn't exactly light up the charts, with his best hits only barely making Top 20. He intended to release a third album, but when its lead single "Southern Belle" (a song that many derided as not fitting his established style, and which [=McCreery=] himself [[CreatorBacklash apparently didn't like]]) fell outside the top 40, Creator/MercuryRecords dropped him. It looked for sure as if [=McCreery's=] singing career was over before he was even old enough to drink legally, and he was not heard from again for years. But in late 2017, he independently released the song "Five More Minutes", which went viral thanks to his still-active fanbase and became the first song to make the ''Mediabase'' country singles charts without being promoted by a record label. Seeing a hit in the making, the newly-established Thirty Tigers label picked the song up for official release, causing it to progress naturally to #1 on the country music charts in the first quarter of 2018, thus becoming his biggest radio hit to date. The corresponding album on Thirty Tigers was released soon afterward, to largely positive reviews. And just to prove that "Five More Minutes" was no fluke, followup single "This Is It" was a hit as well.


* '''Creator/{{CLAMP}}''' in ''Manga/CardCaptorSakuraClearCard'': This shojo manga team saw its popularity slowly falter due to the controversial endings of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Manga/{{Xxxholic}}'', sinking even further with the negative reception of 2011's ''Anime/BloodC''. They still continue to write new material, but none of it seems to have made as big of an impact as any of their older stuff. They even put ''Manga/DrugAndDrop'' and ''Manga/{{Gate7}}'' on hiatus to continue ''Tsubasa'' and ''xxxHolic'', but ''Tsubasa World Chronicle'' only had two volumes released before it ended in 2016 and ''xxxHolic: Rei'' was a ToughActToFollow due to slow pacing and sporadic release of chapters. That same year, CLAMP decided to continue ''Cardcaptor Sakura'' with a brand new ''Clear Card'' story arc, with the original staff and cast of ''CCS''[='=] AnimatedAdaptation returning to produce the anime in 2018. This has also led to CLAMP working on the manga adaptation of the J-drama ''HIGH&LOW'', as well as the character designs for the spring 2017 anime ''Anime/{{Kabukibu}}'' and the upcoming 2019 film sequel of ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', ''Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection''.

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* '''Creator/{{CLAMP}}''' in ''Manga/CardCaptorSakuraClearCard'': This shojo manga team saw its popularity slowly falter due to the controversial endings of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Manga/{{Xxxholic}}'', sinking even further with the negative reception of 2011's ''Anime/BloodC''. They still continue to write new material, but none of it seems to have made as big of an impact as any of their older stuff. They even put ''Manga/DrugAndDrop'' and ''Manga/{{Gate7}}'' on hiatus to continue ''Tsubasa'' and ''xxxHolic'', but ''Tsubasa World Chronicle'' only had two volumes released before it ended in 2016 and ''xxxHolic: Rei'' was a ToughActToFollow due to slow pacing and sporadic release of chapters. That same year, CLAMP decided to continue ''Cardcaptor Sakura'' with a brand new ''Clear Card'' story arc, with the original staff and cast of ''CCS''[='=] AnimatedAdaptation returning to produce the anime in 2018. This has also led to CLAMP working on the manga adaptation of the J-drama ''HIGH&LOW'', as well as the character designs for the spring 2017 anime ''Anime/{{Kabukibu}}'' and the upcoming 2019 film sequel of ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', ''Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection''.''Anime/CodeGeassLelouchOfTheResurrection''.


* '''Creator/LauraDern''' was a critical darling in the early 90s, appearing in such acclaimed films as ''Film/BlueVelvet'', ''Film/{{Mask}}'', ''Film/WildAtHeart'' and ''Rambling Rose'' - as well as her prominent role in ''Film/JurassicPark''. She faced some backlash in her career when she starred in ''{{Series/Ellen}}'''s infamous "The Puppy Episode" and claims that she didn't work for a full year afterwards because of her role. She kept a low profile in the 2000s but started coming back to prominence in TheNewTens. It started with an appearance in the Oscar-nominated ''Film/TheMaster'' and helped by the SleeperHit ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'' (which also provided a CareerResurrection for Natt Wolf, see below). She was nominated for an Oscar for ''{{Film/Wild}}'' and was catapulted to the star-studded miniseries ''Series/BigLittleLies'' and got a prominent role in ''Film/TheLastJedi''.

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* '''Creator/LauraDern''' was a critical darling in the early 90s, appearing in such acclaimed films as ''Film/BlueVelvet'', ''Film/{{Mask}}'', ''Film/WildAtHeart'' and ''Rambling Rose'' - as well as her prominent role in ''Film/JurassicPark''. She faced some backlash in her career when she starred in ''{{Series/Ellen}}'''s infamous "The Puppy Episode" and claims that she didn't work for a full year afterwards because of her role. She kept a low profile in the 2000s but started coming back to prominence in TheNewTens. It started with an appearance in the Oscar-nominated ''Film/TheMaster'' and helped by the SleeperHit ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'' (which also provided a CareerResurrection for Natt Wolf, see below). She was nominated for an Oscar for ''{{Film/Wild}}'' and was catapulted to the star-studded miniseries ''Series/BigLittleLies'' ''Literature/BigLittleLies'' and got a prominent role in ''Film/TheLastJedi''.



* '''Creator/KatharineIsabelle''' in ''Film/AmericanMary''. ''Film/GingerSnaps'' made her a "UsefulNote/{{scream queen|s}}" virtually overnight, but her career never really took off outside of indie films in her native Canada and bit parts on TV shows. ''American Mary'', however, reignited her career, and she followed it up by playing Margot Verger on ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' and Susanna Waite on ''Series/BeingHumanUS''.

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* '''Creator/KatharineIsabelle''' in ''Film/AmericanMary''. ''Film/GingerSnaps'' made her a "UsefulNote/{{scream "UsefulNotes/{{scream queen|s}}" virtually overnight, but her career never really took off outside of indie films in her native Canada and bit parts on TV shows. ''American Mary'', however, reignited her career, and she followed it up by playing Margot Verger on ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' and Susanna Waite on ''Series/BeingHumanUS''.



* '''Nat Wolff''' in ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars''. He had faded into obscurity after ''Series/TheNakedBrothersBand'' finished its run, but a prominent role as Isaac led to him appearing in films such as ''Film/PaperTowns'' and ''Film/TheIntern''. He was eventually announced as the headliner of ''Film/DeathNote2017''.

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* '''Nat Wolff''' '''Creator/NatWolff''' in ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars''. He had faded into obscurity after ''Series/TheNakedBrothersBand'' finished its run, but a prominent role as Isaac led to him appearing in films such as ''Film/PaperTowns'' and ''Film/TheIntern''. He was eventually announced as the headliner of ''Film/DeathNote2017''.



* '''Music/HilaryDuff''' was perhaps the most popular teen superstar of the first half of TheOughties, thanks to the Creator/DisneyChannel kidcom ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'', a successful [[IdolSinger singing career]], and roles in movies like the ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' series, ''Film/ThePerfectMan'' and ''Film/RaiseYourVoice''. As she opted for darker roles in independent such as ''Film/AccordingToGreta'' and ''Film/WhatGoesUp'', box office sales declined and reviews were mixed at best. After taking a break from the industry (aside from appearances in ''Series/GossipGirl'' and the Creator/ABCFamily movie, ''BeautyAndTheBriefcase'') and winding down her pop career in 2008, she married hockey player Mike Comrie (they've since separated, but are still close), had a baby, Luca Cruz Comrie, and she slowly began to pick up her career. She's since, as of 2014, had a comeback single with "Chasing The Sun" and a role in her first TV series since ''Lizzie'', ''{{Younger}}''.

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* '''Music/HilaryDuff''' was perhaps the most popular teen superstar of the first half of TheOughties, thanks to the Creator/DisneyChannel kidcom ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'', a successful [[IdolSinger singing career]], and roles in movies like the ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' series, ''Film/ThePerfectMan'' and ''Film/RaiseYourVoice''. As she opted for darker roles in independent such as ''Film/AccordingToGreta'' and ''Film/WhatGoesUp'', box office sales declined and reviews were mixed at best. After taking a break from the industry (aside from appearances in ''Series/GossipGirl'' and the Creator/ABCFamily movie, ''BeautyAndTheBriefcase'') and winding down her pop career in 2008, she married hockey player Mike Comrie (they've since separated, but are still close), had a baby, Luca Cruz Comrie, and she slowly began to pick up her career. She's since, as of 2014, had a comeback single with "Chasing The Sun" and a role in her first TV series since ''Lizzie'', ''{{Younger}}''.''Series/{{Younger}}''.



* '''Wrestling/BeckyLynch''': Rebecca Knox was a wrestling prodigy in her home country of Ireland. When all-women's promotions in America were just starting to take off, she took the indie scene by storm. Then she suffered a serious head injury and had to retire at the age of nineteen. Later at the age of twenty six, she made a sudden return to wrestling and was signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}} instantly and quickly became the biggest she's ever been. She is held up as one of the 'Four Horsewomen' of NXT, alongside three [[Wrestling/SashaBanks much]] [[Wrestling/CharlotteFlair fresher]] [[Wrestling/{{Bayley}} talent]], who helped put women's wrestling back on the map for a mainstream audience. In 2016 she became the first ever [=SmackDown=] Women's Champion. She would experience this a second time towards the end on 2018. After losing the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship, she finds herself gradually OutOfFocus for the next year and a half in spite of her audible fan support. Then her FaceHeelTurn in ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2018'' happened, in which she attacked Wrestling/CharlotteFlair after her victory stating that Flair stole her spotlight and weaseled her way in the match that was originally just Becky's in the first place. Becky's subsequent MotiveRant (Flair [[CreatorsPet always getting free opportunities]], e.g.) would instead resonate with the fans instead of them turning on her. After defeating Flair to start her second reign, Becky was slated to face Raw Women's Champion Creator/RondaRousey on that year's ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' in aChampion vs. Champion match. But what ironically cemented Becky's status as WWE's BreakoutCharacter is the reason why the anticipated match ''didn't'' happen; on the final Raw before ''Survivor Series'', the [=SmackDown=] women attempted an invasion in which Becky was legitimately busted open and concussed by a stiff punch from [[Wrestling/NiaJax another wrestler]]. [[{{Determinator}} Becky shrugs off the injury to finish the segment]], winning her the respect of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, everyone in the locker room, and the further adoration of the fans.

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* '''Wrestling/BeckyLynch''': Rebecca Knox was a wrestling prodigy in her home country of Ireland. When all-women's promotions in America were just starting to take off, she took the indie scene by storm. Then she suffered a serious head injury and had to retire at the age of nineteen. Later at the age of twenty six, she made a sudden return to wrestling and was signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}} instantly and quickly became the biggest she's ever been. She is held up as one of the 'Four Horsewomen' of NXT, alongside three [[Wrestling/SashaBanks much]] [[Wrestling/CharlotteFlair fresher]] [[Wrestling/{{Bayley}} talent]], who helped put women's wrestling back on the map for a mainstream audience. In 2016 she became the first ever [=SmackDown=] Women's Champion. She would experience this a second time towards the end on 2018. After losing the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship, she finds herself gradually OutOfFocus for the next year and a half in spite of her audible fan support. Then her FaceHeelTurn in ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2018'' happened, in which she attacked Wrestling/CharlotteFlair after her victory stating that Flair stole her spotlight and weaseled her way in the match that was originally just Becky's in the first place. Becky's subsequent MotiveRant (Flair [[CreatorsPet always getting free opportunities]], e.g.) would instead resonate with the fans instead of them turning on her. After defeating Flair to start her second reign, Becky was slated to face Raw Women's Champion Creator/RondaRousey on that year's ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' in aChampion a Champion vs. Champion match. But what ironically cemented Becky's status as WWE's BreakoutCharacter is the reason why the anticipated match ''didn't'' happen; on the final Raw before ''Survivor Series'', the [=SmackDown=] women attempted an invasion in which Becky was legitimately busted open and concussed by a stiff punch from [[Wrestling/NiaJax another wrestler]]. [[{{Determinator}} Becky shrugs off the injury to finish the segment]], winning her the respect of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, everyone in the locker room, and the further adoration of the fans. Her popularity ultimately lead her to be one of the first three women (along with Rousey and Flair) to main event ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' in which she came out victorious.



* While Wrestling/TheNewDay is a classic example of being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap, the stable itself has proven to be a Career Resurrection for '''Wrestling/KofiKingston'''. Prior to The New Day, Kingston was strictly being used as a jobber to the stars, rarely winning and not having taken part in any storylines of note since his last United States title reign. Kingston would get another resurgence as a singles competitor on the February 12, 2019 edition of ''[=SmackDown=]''. Being a literal last minute replacement for the injured Wrestling/MustafaAli in that year's ''Elimination Chamber'' PPV, a Gauntlet match was held to determine who will be the final entrant in the eponymous chamber. Kingston then proceeded to steal the show, first eliminating ''reigning champion'' [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], followed by Wrestling/JeffHardy, and finally Wrestling/SamoaJoe. He would eventually lose to Wrestling/AJStyles, but the audience and his peers gave him a standing ovation for giving an excellent performance for over an hour. During said PPV, Kingston would steal the show again and became the final person eliminated by Daniel Bryan to retain the title, but the audience are on their seat during their match and once again gave Kingston a much bigger ovation for his showing.

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* While Wrestling/TheNewDay is a classic example of being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap, the stable itself has proven to be a Career Resurrection for '''Wrestling/KofiKingston'''. Prior to The New Day, Kingston was strictly being used as a jobber to the stars, rarely winning and not having taken part in any storylines of note since his last United States title reign. Kingston would get another resurgence as a singles competitor on the February 12, 2019 edition of ''[=SmackDown=]''. Being a literal last minute replacement for the injured Wrestling/MustafaAli in that year's ''Elimination Chamber'' ''Wrestling/EliminationChamber'' PPV, a Gauntlet match was held to determine who will be the final entrant in the eponymous chamber. Kingston then proceeded to steal the show, first eliminating ''reigning champion'' [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], followed by Wrestling/JeffHardy, and finally Wrestling/SamoaJoe. He would eventually lose to Wrestling/AJStyles, but the audience and his peers gave him a standing ovation for giving an excellent performance for over an hour. During said PPV, Kingston would steal the show again and became the final person eliminated by Daniel Bryan to retain the title, but the audience are on their seat during their match and once again gave Kingston a much bigger ovation for his showing. This ultimately lead to him challenging for the title at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 35'' and finally winning it, becoming the first African-born WWE Champion (along with becoming the thirtieth Triple Crown Champion and twentieth Wrestling/GrandSlamChampion) in history.


** Again in the 2000s. After the runaway success of ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou,'' they followed it up with the commercially unsuccessful ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere,'' the less distinctive ''Film/IntolerableCruelty,'' and the coolly received ''Film/TheLadykillers2004.'' Critics had begun to believe that the brothers had lost their touch and they didn't make another film until three years later. That movie? ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen,'' which [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome won the Oscars for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay]].

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** Again in the 2000s. After the runaway success of ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou,'' they followed it up with the commercially unsuccessful ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere,'' ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere2001,'' the less distinctive ''Film/IntolerableCruelty,'' and the coolly received ''Film/TheLadykillers2004.'' Critics had begun to believe that the brothers had lost their touch and they didn't make another film until three years later. That movie? ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen,'' which [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome won the Oscars for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay]].


* '''Music/RickAstley''': While massively popular pop act in the 1980s, Astley got sick of ExecutiveMeddling and left his record label. He then did a dramatic shift and doing soul in the early 1990s (which he stated is the kind of music he always wanted to make in the beginning). Despite scoring another hit with 1991's "Cry for Help", Astley's career stalled shortly thereafter and he retired from the music industry in 1993. Fast forward to 2007, when his signature song "Never Gonna Give You Up" reached the internet as the {{Rickroll}} and [[MemeticMutation quickly hit critical mass, exploding even beyond the scope of the internet]], Rick Astley started to get back in gear. He then reached a level of popularity not seen since his peak in the late 1980s, and released his first single in many years, making him probably the first musician to have his career solely resurrected by the power of the internet. His appearance at the 2008 UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade didn't hurt either. In 2016, his album ''50'' debuted on top of the British charts, becoming his first #1 album back home since ''Whenever You Need Somebody''.

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* '''Music/RickAstley''': While massively popular pop act in the 1980s, Astley got sick of ExecutiveMeddling and left his record label. He then did a dramatic shift and doing soul in the early 1990s (which he stated is the kind of music he always wanted to make in the beginning). Despite scoring another hit with 1991's "Cry for Help", Astley's career stalled shortly thereafter and he retired from the music industry in 1993. Fast forward to 2007, when his signature song "Never Gonna Give You Up" reached the internet as the {{Rickroll}} JustForFun/{{Rickroll}} and [[MemeticMutation quickly hit critical mass, exploding even beyond the scope of the internet]], Rick Astley started to get back in gear. He then reached a level of popularity not seen since his peak in the late 1980s, and released his first single in many years, making him probably the first musician to have his career solely resurrected by the power of the internet. His appearance at the 2008 UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade didn't hurt either. In 2016, his album ''50'' debuted on top of the British charts, becoming his first #1 album back home since ''Whenever You Need Somebody''.


* '''Creator/AlyssaMilano''' was a child star in the 80s for ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' and a music career in Japan. She was desperate to escape the ContractualPurity that dogs many child actresses and sought out HotterAndSexier roles as an adult. Things didn't work out so well, and the only notable story about her in the 90s was a sex tape scandal. But things started to turn in her favour when she joined the cast of ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and was later one of the leads for ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. The supernatural drama about three witch sisters lasted for eight seasons and got Alyssa worldwide fame. By the time it ended, Milano was better known as Phoebe Halliwell than she ever was as Samantha Micelli. After the show ended, she marketed a successful clothing line and settled in comfortably as the hostess of ''Project Runway: All Stars''.

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* '''Creator/AlyssaMilano''' was a child star in the 80s for ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' and a music career in Japan. She was desperate to escape the ContractualPurity that dogs many child actresses and sought out HotterAndSexier roles as an adult. Things didn't work out so well, and the only notable story about her in the 90s was a sex tape scandal. But things started to turn in her favour when she joined the cast of ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and was later one of the leads for ''{{Series/Charmed}}''.''{{Series/Charmed|1998}}''. The supernatural drama about three witch sisters lasted for eight seasons and got Alyssa worldwide fame. By the time it ended, Milano was better known as Phoebe Halliwell than she ever was as Samantha Micelli. After the show ended, she marketed a successful clothing line and settled in comfortably as the hostess of ''Project Runway: All Stars''.


* '''Music/{{Queen}}''': Having been a highly successful band in TheSeventies, by TheEighties Queen was largely old and washed up and their reputation had taken a large hit for various reasons[[note]]namely, the poor reception of ''Hot Space'' (a {{disco}}-driven pop rock album that heavily contrasted the band's typical GlamRock sound and was released during the height of the [[DeaderThanDisco anti-disco movement]] in the United States), the American controversy over the music video for "I Want to Break Free", and, perhaps most significantly, the band being duped into playing in South Africa during a UN-led cultural boycott against the nation in protest of apartheid[[/note]]. Then UsefulNotes/LiveAid happened. In 1985, among one of the largest collections of rock bands ever, Queen gave a show-stopping twenty minute performance that is widely regarded as the single greatest live performance in modern music history, with front man Music/FreddieMercury at numerous points unprecedentedly getting the 72,000 people in the non-Queen audience to clap and sing along in perfect unison. This shocking comeback revitalized interest in the band that has continued to this day, an interest that only became larger with Mercury's [[DeadArtistsAreBetter untimely death]] six years later (which, in combination with the "Bohemian Rhapsody" bit in ''Film/WaynesWorld'' the following year, finally restored Queen's American popularity as well).

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* '''Music/{{Queen}}''': Having been a highly successful band in TheSeventies, by TheEighties Queen was largely seen as old and washed up and their reputation had taken a large hit for various reasons[[note]]namely, the poor reception of ''Hot Space'' (a {{disco}}-driven pop rock album that heavily contrasted the band's typical GlamRock sound and was released during the height of the [[DeaderThanDisco anti-disco movement]] in the United States), the American controversy over the music video for "I Want to Break Free", and, perhaps most significantly, the band being duped into playing in South Africa during a UN-led cultural boycott against the nation in protest of apartheid[[/note]]. Then UsefulNotes/LiveAid happened. In 1985, among one of the largest collections of rock bands ever, Queen gave a show-stopping twenty minute performance that is widely regarded as the single greatest live performance in modern music history, with front man Music/FreddieMercury at numerous points unprecedentedly getting the 72,000 people in the non-Queen audience to clap and sing along in perfect unison. This shocking comeback revitalized interest in the band that has continued to this day, an interest that only became larger with Mercury's [[DeadArtistsAreBetter untimely death]] six years later (which, in combination with the "Bohemian Rhapsody" bit in ''Film/WaynesWorld'' the following year, finally restored Queen's American popularity as well).


* '''Music/{{Queen}}''': Having been a highly successful band in TheSeventies, by TheEighties Queen was largely overlooked and their reputation had taken a large hit for various reasons[[note]]namely, the poor reception of ''Hot Space'' (a {{disco}}-driven pop rock album that heavily contrasted the band's typical GlamRock sound and was released during the height of the [[DeaderThanDisco anti-disco movement]] in the United States), the American controversy over the music video for "I Want to Break Free", and, perhaps most significantly, the band being duped into playing in South Africa during a UN-led cultural boycott against the nation in protest of apartheid[[/note]]. Then UsefulNotes/LiveAid happened. In 1985, among one of the largest collections of rock bands ever, Queen gave a show-stopping twenty minute performance that is widely regarded as the single greatest live performance in modern music history, with front man Music/FreddieMercury at numerous points unprecedentedly getting the 72,000 people in the non-Queen audience to clap and sing along in perfect unison. This shocking comeback revitalized interest in the band that has continued to this day, an interest that only became larger with Mercury's [[DeadArtistsAreBetter untimely death]] six years later (which, in combination with the "Bohemian Rhapsody" bit in ''Film/WaynesWorld'' the following year, finally restored Queen's American popularity as well).

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* '''Music/{{Queen}}''': Having been a highly successful band in TheSeventies, by TheEighties Queen was largely overlooked old and washed up and their reputation had taken a large hit for various reasons[[note]]namely, the poor reception of ''Hot Space'' (a {{disco}}-driven pop rock album that heavily contrasted the band's typical GlamRock sound and was released during the height of the [[DeaderThanDisco anti-disco movement]] in the United States), the American controversy over the music video for "I Want to Break Free", and, perhaps most significantly, the band being duped into playing in South Africa during a UN-led cultural boycott against the nation in protest of apartheid[[/note]]. Then UsefulNotes/LiveAid happened. In 1985, among one of the largest collections of rock bands ever, Queen gave a show-stopping twenty minute performance that is widely regarded as the single greatest live performance in modern music history, with front man Music/FreddieMercury at numerous points unprecedentedly getting the 72,000 people in the non-Queen audience to clap and sing along in perfect unison. This shocking comeback revitalized interest in the band that has continued to this day, an interest that only became larger with Mercury's [[DeadArtistsAreBetter untimely death]] six years later (which, in combination with the "Bohemian Rhapsody" bit in ''Film/WaynesWorld'' the following year, finally restored Queen's American popularity as well).


* '''Music/NickJonas''' was once a member of the hugely popular BoyBand Music/JonasBrothers with his brothers Joe and Kevin. They were hugely popular in the late 2000's, playing to large arenas and getting [[Series/JonasLA their own show]] on the Creator/DisneyChannel. Eventually the Jonas Brothers' fanbase moved on to [[Music/OneDirection new]] [[Music/JustinBieber teen]] [[Music/ShawnMendes pop]] [[Music/FiveSecondsOfSummer idols]], and the band broke up as an [[DeaderThanDisco obscure punchline]]. However, FaceOfTheBand Nick Jonas later went solo and surprised everyone with a mature solo sound, scoring a few big hits with "Jealous", "Close", and "Chains", while landing supporting roles in ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'', ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'' and the sequel to ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. '''Music/JoeJonas''' also has found success independently from the band, thanks to his band DNCE who scored a top 10 hit with "Cake by the Ocean"; although DNCE has yet to score a successful follow-up, it has at least helped him from escaping the shadow of his band.

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* '''Music/NickJonas''' was once a member of the hugely popular BoyBand Music/JonasBrothers with his brothers Joe and Kevin. They were hugely popular in the late 2000's, playing to large arenas and getting [[Series/JonasLA their own show]] on the Creator/DisneyChannel. Eventually the Jonas Brothers' fanbase moved on to [[Music/OneDirection new]] [[Music/JustinBieber teen]] [[Music/ShawnMendes pop]] [[Music/FiveSecondsOfSummer idols]], and the band broke up as an [[DeaderThanDisco obscure punchline]]. However, FaceOfTheBand Nick Jonas later went solo and surprised everyone with a mature solo sound, scoring a few big hits with "Jealous", "Close", and "Chains", while landing supporting roles in ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'', ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'' and the sequel to ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. '''Music/JoeJonas''' also has found success independently from the band, thanks to his band DNCE who scored a top 10 hit with "Cake by the Ocean"; although DNCE has yet to score a successful follow-up, it has at least helped him from escaping the shadow of his band. The Jonas Brothers reunited in 2019 with a surprise single "Sucker", which debuted high on the Hot 100.


* '''Creator/JudyGarland''' was a FormerChildStar under contract to Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, the star of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and a successful headlining star of movie musicals like ''Easter Parade'', ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'' and ''For Me And My Gal'', and a succession of films co-starring Mickey Rooney (including the successful ''Film/AndyHardy'' series). She had also branched into an equally successful singing career at the same time. However, erratic behavior caused by addictions to alcohol and prescription pills (begun when Garland was filming ''Oz'' when the studio recommended she take diet pills to lose weight) and mental illness, and multiple suicide attempts led to her being fired by MGM by 1950 and labeled a has been. She slowly returned to the spotlight via stage performances and a role in the Creator/WarnerBros 1951 remake of ''Film/AStarIsBorn'' followed, with the help of her second husband/manager Sid Luft, leading to the famous 1961 ''Judy At Carnegie Hall'' concerts, captured on a best-selling, Grammy Award-winning two-record set album. A short-lived TV variety show followed, and Judy had a new wave of popularity in the early [[TheSixties 1960s]].

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* '''Creator/JudyGarland''' was a FormerChildStar under contract to Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, the star of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and a successful headlining star of movie musicals like ''Easter Parade'', ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'' and ''For Me And My Gal'', and a succession of films co-starring Mickey Rooney (including the successful ''Film/AndyHardy'' series). She had also branched into an equally successful singing career at the same time. However, erratic behavior caused by addictions to alcohol and prescription pills (begun when Garland was filming ''Oz'' when the studio recommended she take diet pills to lose weight) and mental illness, and multiple suicide attempts led to her being fired by MGM by 1950 and labeled a has been. She slowly returned to the spotlight via stage performances and a role in the Creator/WarnerBros 1951 1954 remake of ''Film/AStarIsBorn'' ''Film/{{A Star Is Born|1954}}'' followed, with the help of her second husband/manager Sid Luft, leading to the famous 1961 ''Judy At Carnegie Hall'' concerts, captured on a best-selling, Grammy Award-winning two-record set album. A short-lived TV variety show followed, and Judy had a new wave of popularity in the early [[TheSixties 1960s]].


* '''Brian Williams''' on Creator/{{MSNBC}} -- Williams was the anchor for ''NBC Nightly News'' from 2004 until 2015, when he was caught embellishing details about his personal involvement in a firefight during the Iraq War. Instead of being fired, Williams was demoted to "breaking news anchor" and given a show at 11pm, the cable news equivalent of the FridayNightDeathSlot. Contrary to expectations, however, ''The 11th Hour with Brian Williams'' drew in an audience and became such a ratings success that it beat both Creator/FoxNews and CNN in its time slot for three consecutive months.

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* '''Brian Williams''' on Creator/{{MSNBC}} -- Williams was the anchor for ''NBC Nightly News'' from 2004 until 2015, when he was caught embellishing details about his personal involvement in a firefight during the Iraq War. Instead of being fired, Williams was demoted to "breaking news anchor" with no guaranteed air time. But he toughed it out and got positive reviews for helming MSNBC's 2016 election coverage. Enough for him to be given a show temporary tryout for a regular show...at 11pm, the cable news equivalent of the FridayNightDeathSlot. Contrary to expectations, however, ''The 11th Hour with Brian Williams'' drew in an a regular audience for it to be picked up permanently and became such a ratings success that it beat both Creator/FoxNews and CNN in its time slot for three consecutive months.

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