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* Several episodes of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' involve Gibbs being taken out of action (amnesia, getting captured, being shot and almost killed, etc.), leaving the rest of his team to solve the current case without him.


* This happens to Rean Schwarzer in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' where after he pulls off a DivingSave and injures his arm against the boss to save both Machias and Jusis although he comes back to the spotlight after like ten or so minutes in gameplay. The speed of his recovery however is a foreshadowing moment for the character who healed him.

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* This happens to Rean Schwarzer in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' where after he pulls off a DivingSave and injures his arm against the boss to save both Machias and Jusis although he comes back to the spotlight after like ten or so minutes in gameplay. The speed of his recovery however is a foreshadowing moment for the character who healed him. In ''Cold Steel IV'', [[spoiler:he's not playable throughout the prologue and the first chapter of the game as he was captured at the end of the previous game. One of his students, Juna Crawford, has to take up the DecoyProtagonist mantle till he reunites with his friends and students.]]

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* This happens to Rean Schwarzer in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' where after he pulls off a DivingSave and injures his arm against the boss to save both Machias and Jusis although he comes back to the spotlight after like ten or so minutes in gameplay. The speed of his recovery however is a foreshadowing moment for the character who healed him.

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* Happens to Izuku Midorya several times in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' because of [[spoiler: his inherited Quirk, One For All. His body can't handle using the quirk at full power, and he doesn't have the control to use it at less than 100%]]. Aizawa even points out that he can't be a hero if he can't control it, since he's only good for one or two shots and then has to be rescued by someone else.


* ''VideoGame/SuperstarSaga'': When Mario eats the Invincishroom and gets sick Luigi must travel alone to go find the cure.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperstarSaga'': ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'': When Mario eats the Invincishroom and gets sick Luigi must travel alone to go find the cure.


* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Terra flies off after getting in touch with her Esper side. Luckily, the team can find her pretty easily by following the trail of destruction. Later, the entire playable party can be scattered to the ends of the earth and you can decide to either collect them all or just the minimum three necessary to take on Kefka.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud wanders off and goes for a swim in the life stream. By the time you find him, he has serious mako poisoning and is incoherent.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': After failing a mission, Squall and his entire team are captured. While Squall is locked up in a cell and being tortured, the remaining members of the party have to stage a prison break to save him.

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''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Terra flies off after getting in touch with her Esper side. Luckily, the team can find her pretty easily by following the trail of destruction. Later, the entire playable party can be scattered to the ends of the earth and you can decide to either collect them all or just the minimum three necessary to take on Kefka.
* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud wanders off and goes for a swim in the life stream. By the time you find him, he has serious mako poisoning and is incoherent.
* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': After failing a mission, Squall and his entire team are captured. While Squall is locked up in a cell and being tortured, the remaining members of the party have to stage a prison break to save him.



* ''MaxPayne2'': The player temporarily take control of Mona Sax after Max falls out of a building and Mona has to protect him until he regains consciousness.

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* ''MaxPayne2'': ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'': The player temporarily take control of Mona Sax after Max falls out of a building and Mona has to protect him until he regains consciousness.



* ''SuperstarSaga'': When Mario eats the Invincishroom and gets sick Luigi must travel alone to go find the cure.

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* ''SuperstarSaga'': ''VideoGame/SuperstarSaga'': When Mario eats the Invincishroom and gets sick Luigi must travel alone to go find the cure.





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* Happens quite often to Luffy from {{One Piece}}. He is often out of action because he is drowning, beaten near death, eaten by a snake, asleep, lost, or stuck somewhere.

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* Happens quite often to Luffy from {{One Piece}}. ''Manga/OnePiece''. He is often out of action because he is drowning, beaten near death, eaten by a snake, asleep, lost, or stuck somewhere.
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* In ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' the Hulk is presumed killed by a Gamma bomb that went off in the town of Centerville even though they NeverFoundTheBody. There is an inquiry which gives the Hulk's supporting players some time in the limelight, before revealing that the Hulk is alive and well and living in Jarella's World, where the resident magicians have used their magic to summon the Hulk coincidentally just before the bomb blew up.

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* In ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' the ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'':
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Hulk is presumed killed by a Gamma bomb that went off in the town of Centerville even though they NeverFoundTheBody. There is an inquiry which gives the Hulk's supporting players some time in the limelight, before revealing that the Hulk is alive and well and living in Jarella's World, where the resident magicians have used their magic to summon the Hulk coincidentally just before the bomb blew up.






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* Happens frequently in the Literature/{{Deryni}} works, effectively [[RotatingProtagonist swapping the members of the heroic ensemble]]. Notably:

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* Happens frequently in the Literature/{{Deryni}} ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' works, effectively [[RotatingProtagonist swapping the members of the heroic ensemble]]. Notably:



** Derry is severely injured while guarding Kelson's quarters in ''Deryni Rising''; he was already at a disadvantage from an injury to his hand sustained defending Morgan from assassins days earlier. Morgan, distressed at the possibility of losing him, goes to his side and [[spoiler: attempts to Heal Derry--with success!]]

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** Derry is severely injured while guarding Kelson's quarters in ''Deryni Rising''; he was already at a disadvantage from an injury to his hand sustained defending Morgan from assassins days earlier. Morgan, distressed at the possibility of losing him, goes to his side and [[spoiler: attempts to Heal Derry--with Derry -- with success!]]






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* ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'' with the plot of "Exit Wounds", and appearance of Gray (Jack's brother), who [[spoiler: buries Jack alive for almost two ''thousand'' years]].
* A semi-regular trope in ''{{Series/StargateSG-1}}'', and the overall franchise, appearing in "Brief Candle" (Jack is infected with nanites that age him to the point of being useless), "100 Days" (Jack is trapped offworld after a gate is buried), and so on.

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* ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'' ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' with the plot of "Exit Wounds", and appearance of Gray (Jack's brother), who [[spoiler: buries Jack alive for almost two ''thousand'' years]].
* A semi-regular trope in ''{{Series/StargateSG-1}}'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', and the overall franchise, appearing in "Brief Candle" (Jack is infected with nanites that age him to the point of being useless), "100 Days" (Jack is trapped offworld after a gate is buried), and so on.



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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', Phoenix is injured during the lead-up to the final case of the game, thus Miles Edgeworth takes over his position as investigator and defense attorney until he is able to get better.






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* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' we have the whole arc where [[HeroesPreferSwords Roy]] is rather more than just injured, as he is very, very [[BusCrash dead]] (and rotting) instead. It's complicated, but some of the other heroes were working to revive him (in a roundabout sort of way), while the rest were trying to get back together after an unfortunate [[LetsSplitUpGang party-split]]. And one in particular was... just [[WhatTheHellHero getting into very deep trouble]] indeed.

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* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' we have In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', Phoenix is injured during the whole arc where [[HeroesPreferSwords Roy]] is rather more than just injured, as he is very, very [[BusCrash dead]] (and rotting) instead. It's complicated, but some lead-up to the final case of the other heroes were working to revive him (in a roundabout sort of way), while the rest were trying game, thus Miles Edgeworth takes over his position as investigator and defense attorney until he is able to get back together after an unfortunate [[LetsSplitUpGang party-split]]. And one in particular was... just [[WhatTheHellHero getting into very deep trouble]] indeed.
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* Due to suffering from a severe case of metal poisoning at the end of Season 3, [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] is taken out of action for almost three years while the newly resurrected Air Nomads promise to follow her example and maintain peace in the world. However, her absence resulted in Team Avatar breaking up almost as an afterthought, which meant there was no Team Avatar to make the world a better place, or to stop Kuvira. Even the Airbenders weren't making much progress either.

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* Due to suffering from a severe case of metal poisoning at From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' we have the end whole arc where [[HeroesPreferSwords Roy]] is rather more than just injured, as he is very, very [[BusCrash dead]] (and rotting) instead. It's complicated, but some of Season 3, [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] is taken out the other heroes were working to revive him (in a roundabout sort of action for almost three years way), while the newly resurrected Air Nomads promise rest were trying to follow her example and maintain peace get back together after an unfortunate [[LetsSplitUpGang party-split]]. And one in the world. However, her absence resulted in Team Avatar breaking up almost as an afterthought, which meant there was no Team Avatar to make the world a better place, or to stop Kuvira. Even the Airbenders weren't making much progress either.
particular was... just [[WhatTheHellHero getting into very deep trouble]] indeed.


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* Due to suffering from a severe case of metal poisoning at the end of Season 3, [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] is taken out of action for almost three years while the newly resurrected Air Nomads promise to follow her example and maintain peace in the world. However, her absence resulted in Team Avatar breaking up almost as an afterthought, which meant there was no Team Avatar to make the world a better place, or to stop Kuvira. Even the Airbenders weren't making much progress either.
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* A semi-regular trope in ''{{Series/StargateSG-1}}'', and the overall franchise, appearing in "Brief Candle" (Jack is infected with nanites that age him to the point of being useless), "100 Days" (Jack is trapped offworld after a gate is buried), and so on.








* ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'' with the plot of "Exit Wounds", and appearance of Gray (Jack's brother), who [[spoiler: buries Jack alive for over a thousand years]].

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* ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'' with the plot of "Exit Wounds", and appearance of Gray (Jack's brother), who [[spoiler: buries Jack alive for over a thousand almost two ''thousand'' years]].


* ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'' with the plot of "Exit Wounds", and appearance of Gray (Jack's brother), who [[spoilers: buries Jack alive for over a thousand years]].

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* ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'' with the plot of "Exit Wounds", and appearance of Gray (Jack's brother), who [[spoilers: [[spoiler: buries Jack alive for over a thousand years]].



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* ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'' with the plot of "Exit Wounds", and appearance of Gray (Jack's brother), who [[spoilers: buries Jack alive for over a thousand years]].


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* Due to suffering from a severe case of metal poisoning at the end of Season 3, [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] is taken out of action for almost three years while the newly resurrected Air Nomads promise to follow her example and maintain peace in the world. However, her absence resulted in Team Avatar breaking up almost as an afterthought, which meant there was no Team Avatar to make the world a better place, or to stop Kuvira. Even the Airbenders weren't making much progress either.

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* Due to suffering from a severe case of metal poisoning at the end of Season 3, [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] is taken out of action for almost three years while the newly resurrected Air Nomads promise to follow her example and maintain peace in the world. However, her absence resulted in Team Avatar breaking up almost as an afterthought, which meant there was no Team Avatar to make the world a better place, or to stop Kuvira. Even the Airbenders weren't making much progress either.
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* Happens frequently in the {{Deryni}} works, effectively [[RotatingProtagonist swapping the members of the heroic ensemble]]. Notably:

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* Happens frequently in the {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} works, effectively [[RotatingProtagonist swapping the members of the heroic ensemble]]. Notably:


* Happens all the damned time in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' with its main character Goku, who is out of action pretty much just as often as he's onscreen. The fights with the Saiyans, Ginyu Force and Freeza all basically consisted of the good guys desperately trying to stay alive until he showed up or finished healing (they occasionally got the edge on Freeza, but he just kept transforming).
** He was also out of action for nearly the entire Android Saga after he became sick with his heart virus. Although, this subverts the above since it is noted by several characters that even if Goku was around he would be basically useless since the androids were much stronger than him.

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Happens all the damned time in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' with its main character Goku, who is out of action pretty much just as often as he's onscreen. The fights with the Saiyans, the Ginyu Force Force, and Freeza all basically consisted of the good guys desperately trying to stay alive until he showed shows up or finished healing (they occasionally got the edge on Freeza, but he just kept transforming).
** He was also out of action for nearly the entire Android Saga after he became sick with his heart virus. Although, this subverts the above since it is noted by several characters that even if Goku was around he would be basically useless since the androids were much stronger than him. By the time Goku is well and strong enough to fight, only Perfect Cell is left.


** In another couple of issues the Hulk had a HeroicBSOD and in the meantime SheHulk was the lead character.

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** In another couple of issues the Hulk had a HeroicBSOD and in the meantime SheHulk ComicBook/SheHulk was the lead character.

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