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The trope name [[TropeNamer comes from]] General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur's catch phrase after he fled the Philippines in 1942 when the Japanese invaded, vowing that he would come back in force to liberate the nation, which he did two years later during the Battle of Leyte with a hearty, "[[IncomingHam I have returned!]]"

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The trope name [[TropeNamer comes from]] General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur's catch phrase after he fled the Philippines in 1942 1942[[note]] Or rather, was ordered to flee; he steadfastly refused to leave, even under ''Roosevelt's'' orders, until Roosevelt had to give him an ultimatum--either leave under orders, or be dragged out of the Phillipines in chains with a pending court-martial for insubordination and dereliction of duty.[[/note]] when the Japanese invaded, vowing that he would come back in force to liberate the nation, which he did two years later during the Battle of Leyte with a hearty, "[[IncomingHam I have returned!]]"


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* Protoss Dragoons from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' say "I have returned" when arriving on the battlefield. (Although [[WeCanRebuildHim they aren't returning from an absence]], per se...) Their counterparts in the sequels, Immortals, prefer "I return to serve", whereas their ShadowArchetype, the Stalker, says "I am here in the shadows" instead. In all cases, they're quite proud to have their role of fire support from beyond the grave.
* This is the entire premise of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. After [[spoiler:the [[AlienInvasion Reapers invade Earth]]]], Shepard has no choice but to leave and assemble an army large enough to stand against the threat, leaving [[ParentalSubstitute Captain Anderson]] behind--though he stays voluntarily. [[spoiler:When Shepard comes back, there unfortunately isn't much left to save.]]

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* Protoss Dragoons from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' say "I have returned" when arriving on the battlefield. (Although [[WeCanRebuildHim they aren't returning from an absence]], per se...) Their counterparts in the sequels, Immortals, prefer "I return to serve", whereas their ShadowArchetype, the Stalker, says "I am here in the shadows" instead. In all cases, they're quite proud to have their role of fire support from beyond the grave.
* This is the entire premise of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. After [[spoiler:the [[AlienInvasion Reapers invade Earth]]]], Shepard has no choice but to leave and assemble an army large enough to stand against the threat, leaving [[ParentalSubstitute Captain Anderson]] behind--though he stays voluntarily. [[spoiler:When Shepard comes back, there unfortunately isn't much left to save.]]

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* At the end of the first episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', a guard on the deportation ship warns his prisoners to take a last look at Earth -- it's the last time they'll ever see it. [[RebelLeader Blake]] replies, "No, I'm coming back," with a manner that suggests he's just going on holiday. ([[spoiler:He does indeed return, but in a subversion his efforts don't result in victory.]])

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At the end of the first episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', episode, a guard on the deportation ship warns his prisoners to take a last look at Earth -- it's the last time they'll ever see it. [[RebelLeader Blake]] replies, "No, I'm coming back," with a manner that suggests he's just going on holiday. ([[spoiler:He does indeed return, but in a subversion his efforts don't result in victory.]])




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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. In the Season 2 flashbacks, Oliver Queen escapes from the ''Amazo'', the freighter used for Dr. Ivo's MadScience experiments, and promises to return for the other people held captive there. Months later he gets captured in a PlayAlongPrisoner ploy and dumped back in his old cell.
-->'''Oliver:''' I told you I'd come back.
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Anatoli]]:''' Fantastic. We're saved.



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* Parodied in the Chuck Jones short, ''From A to Z-Z-Z-Z'', where the main character, Ralph Philipps quotes the TropeNamer, as he promises to return for school the next day.



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* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMassDevice'': Duke made this promise to a woman who helped him escape and he came back with an assault force.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMassDevice'': In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' FiveEpisodePilot "The M.A.S.S. Device", Duke made this promise to a woman who helped him escape and he came back with an assault force.


* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. When Wolverine sees a line of Mexican police and Transigen SUV's coming for them, he grabs Xavier and hustles him into the limousine, as Xavier is now a wanted man. Xavier shouts to Laura that they'll come back for her, but Wolverine doesn't have the [[SomeoneElsesProblem slightest intention of doing so]] -- until he discovers that she's also a mutant, whereupon he realises that this ''is'' his problem as well.

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* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. When Wolverine sees a line of Mexican police and Transigen SUV's coming for them, he grabs Xavier and hustles him into the limousine, as Xavier is now a wanted man. Xavier shouts to Laura that they'll come back for her, but Wolverine doesn't have the [[SomeoneElsesProblem slightest intention of doing so]] -- until he discovers that she's also a mutant, mutant (with the exact same powers as him, to boot), whereupon he realises that this ''is'' his problem as well.


* ''GIJoe: The Mass Device'': Duke made this promise to a woman who helped him escape and he came back with an assault force.

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* ''GIJoe: The Mass Device'': ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMassDevice'': Duke made this promise to a woman who helped him escape and he came back with an assault force.


See also WeWillMeetAgain. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a WillReturnCaption, where a work proclaims that the hero will return in a sequel.

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See also WeWillMeetAgain. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a WillReturnCaption, where a work proclaims that the hero will return in a sequel.


See also WeWillMeetAgain.

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See also WeWillMeetAgain. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a WillReturnCaption, where a work proclaims that the hero will return in a sequel.


* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': at the end of the 2008 storyline, Mata Nui, whose body was [[GrandTheftMe stolen]] by [[BigBad Makuta]] and is now [[SoulJar sealed in the Mask of Life]], vows "I will return!"

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* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': at the end of the 2008 storyline, Mata Nui, whose body was [[GrandTheftMe stolen]] by [[BigBad Makuta]] and is now [[SoulJar sealed in the Mask of Life]], vows "I will return!"
return!" [[spoiler: He does. Later on, he gives a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example when he chooses voluntarily [[ButNowIMustGo to stay dormant inside the Mask of Life]] at the end of the story.]]



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* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. When Wolverine sees a line of Mexican police and Transigen SUV's coming for them, he grabs Xavier and hustles him into the limousine, as Xavier is now a wanted man. Xavier shouts to Laura that they'll come back for her, but Wolverine doesn't have the [[SomeoneElsesProblem slightest intention of doing so]] -- until he discovers that she's also a mutant, whereupon he realises that this ''is'' his problem as well.



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* In the opening of ''Film/{{Solo}}'', Han's LoveInterest Qi'ra is captured as they're on the verge of escaping from Corellia. He swears he will return for her as she's dragged off, even joining the Imperial military to become a pilot. After deserting and hooking up with a CaperCrew to get enough money for a spaceship so he can return to Corella to keep his promise, he's surprised to encounter Qi'ra sooner than he expects, working as a lieutenant in the criminal organisation that employs them. Han doesn't listen when it's pointed out that Qi'ra may not be the same innocent girl he once knew.



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** At the end of "Shadow", Blake encourages someone to form LaResistance on that particular world, saying he'll return in three years and "I expect you to be able to help ''me''."


The trope name [[TropeNamer comes from]] General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur's catch phrase after he fled the Philippines in 1942 when the Japanese invaded, vowing that he would come back in force to liberate the nation, which he did two years later during the Battle of Leyte with a hearty, "[[IncomingHam I have returned!]]" Though soldiers had long since parodied the line. "I am going to the latrine...but I shall return!"

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The trope name [[TropeNamer comes from]] General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur's catch phrase after he fled the Philippines in 1942 when the Japanese invaded, vowing that he would come back in force to liberate the nation, which he did two years later during the Battle of Leyte with a hearty, "[[IncomingHam I have returned!]]" Though soldiers had long since parodied the line. "I am going to the latrine...but I shall return!"
returned!]]"

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