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* Jack Killian from ''Series/MidnightCaller'' was a cop until he accidentally shot his partner Rusty. After that, he quit the force and "[[DrowningMySorrows climbed into a bottle]]" for six months and only started to get his life together again after Devon hired him to work for KJCM.
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* Bruce Wayne again in ''ComicBook/{{Batman 66}} meets Wonder Woman '77'' when Diana finds out that Bruce retired after [[spoiler:the Joker learned of his secret identity, attacked Wayne Manor and caused the elder Alfred to have a heart attack, leading Bruce to beat the Joker a lot more viciously. While it's left ambiguous if Bruce literally beat the Joker to death or he had a fatal accident, but Bruce is so shaken by what he did, he hung up the cowl for years until Wonder Woman reappeared.]]

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* Bruce Wayne again in ''ComicBook/{{Batman 66}} meets ''ComicBook/Batman66 Meets Wonder Woman '77'' when Diana finds out that Bruce retired after [[spoiler:the Joker learned of his secret identity, attacked Wayne Manor and caused the elder Alfred to have a heart attack, leading Bruce to beat the Joker a lot more viciously. While it's left ambiguous if Bruce literally beat the Joker to death or he had a fatal accident, but Bruce is so shaken by what he did, he hung up the cowl for years until Wonder Woman reappeared.]]



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town}}'' has Chugs, another literal example, this time a train, the "runt of the roundhouse, everybody put him down. Yeah. He was really singing the blues." Cue GriefSong.
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* Jake Petecost the protagonist of the sequel ''Film/PacificRimUprising'' is the estranged son of Stacker Petecost. Once a promising Jaeger cadet his father's critical nature and favoritism of his adopted sister Mako led him to run away and turn to a life of scavenging and thievery. He is under arrest for being involved with an illegal Jaeger when Mako extends him the offer to become a Pilot and instructor in exchange for making sure he does not go to jail.

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* Jake Petecost Pentecost, the protagonist of the sequel ''Film/PacificRimUprising'' ''Film/PacificRimUprising'', is the estranged son of Stacker Petecost. Pentecost. Once a promising Jaeger cadet cadet, his father's critical nature and favoritism of his adopted sister Mako led him to run away and turn to a life of scavenging and thievery. He is under arrest for being involved with an illegal Jaeger when Mako extends him the offer to become a Pilot and instructor in exchange for making sure he does not go to jail.



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* Several companions from the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series are this. Cassidy was an adventurer who developed a heart condition and became a barkeeper. His daughter was a hard-drinking caravan merchant who had her caravan destroyed. Raul was a vaquero turned mechanic. All three prove to be competent fighters when you recruit them and the latter can be inspired to go back to his vaquero ways.

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* Several companions from the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series are this. this.
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Cassidy was an adventurer who developed a heart condition and became a barkeeper. His daughter was a hard-drinking caravan merchant who had her caravan destroyed. Raul was a vaquero turned mechanic. All three prove to be competent fighters when you recruit them and the latter can be inspired to go back to his vaquero ways.




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* ''WesternAnimation/TheEasterBunnyIsComingToTown'' has Chugs, another literal example, this time a train, the "runt of the roundhouse, everybody put him down. Yeah. He was really singing the blues." Cue GriefSong.
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* Jake Petecost the protagonist of the sequel ''Film/PacificRimUprising'' is the estranged son of Stacker Petecost. Once a promising Jaeger cadet his father's critical nature and favoritism of his adopted sister Mako led him to run away and turn to a life of scavenging and thievery. He is under arrest for being involved with an illegal Jaeger when Mako extends him the offer to become a Pilot and instructor in exchange for making sure he does not go to jail.


* Russell Casse from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', an alcoholic ex-military pilot turned cropduster and UFO crazy, had zero respect from his son and even less from his neighbors. Still managed to join in the attack on the Mothership and after a few initial miscues manages to save the President, would have shot the missile that took down the ship if the firing mechanism hadn't failed - instead [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] by flying his plane directly into the main weapon and turned the course of the war.

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* Russell Casse from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', an alcoholic ex-military pilot turned cropduster and UFO crazy, had zero respect from his son and even less from his neighbors. Still managed to join in the attack on the Mothership and after a few initial miscues manages to save the President, would have shot the missile that took down the ship if the firing mechanism hadn't failed - instead [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] by [[RammingAlwaysWorks flying his plane directly into the main weapon weapon]] and turned the course of the war.


* Batman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Batman was so shook up by the events of the Dark Knight that he retired... for [[WhatTheHellHero EIGHT YEARS]]! The general public also doesn't remember him fondly because they [[HeroWithBadPublicity blame him for the crimes of Two-Face]]. It takes the threat of Bane to finally get him to snap out of his HeroicBSOD and [[HesBack come back to action]].

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* Batman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Batman was so shook up by the events of the Dark Knight that he retired... for [[WhatTheHellHero [[UpToEleven EIGHT YEARS]]! The general public also doesn't remember him fondly because they [[HeroWithBadPublicity blame him for the crimes of Two-Face]]. It takes the threat of Bane to finally get him to snap out of his HeroicBSOD and [[HesBack come back to action]].

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* Batman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Batman was so shook up by the events of the Dark Knight that he retired... for [[WhatTheHellHero EIGHT YEARS]]! The general public also doesn't remember him fondly because they [[HeroWithBadPublicity blame him for the crimes of Two-Face]]. It takes the threat of Bane to finally get him to snap out of his HeroicBSOD and [[HesBack come back to action]].
* Luke Skywalker in ''Film/TheLastJedi''. After reaching IdealHero status in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke [[spoiler:makes the critical mistake of [[WhatTheHellHero considering the murder of his nephew Kylo Ren]]. This drives Kylo to the dark side, and by proxy [[MyGreatestFailure the genocide of the new Jedi order]]. Luke naturally enters a HeroicBSOD... [[UpToEleven but for almost the rest of his life!]] Only at the VERY end of his life does he finally stand up to Kylo and make a HeroicSacrifice to save the Resistance.]]

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* Bruce Wayne again in ''ComicBook/{{Batman 66}} meets Wonder Woman '77'' when Diana finds out that Bruce retired after [[spoiler:the Joker learned of his secret identity, attacked Wayne Manor and caused the elder Alfred to have a heart attack, leading Bruce to beat the Joker a lot more viciously. While it's left ambiguous if Bruce literally beat the Joker to death or he had a fatal accident, but Bruce is so shaken by what he did, he hung up the cowl for years until Wonder Woman reappeared.]]

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* Lee (played by ''Creator/RobertVaughn'') in ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960'': he starts as a sunsetting gunfighter, who lives hiding from his numerous enemies, fearing the bullet faster than his own which will eventually kill him. He hides even during the first confrontation with Calvera. But, during the climax, he faces his demons and saves a group of farmers, dispatching quickly a bunch of bandits and showing that he really is a hell of a gunfighter. After this, his posture and expression seem to show that he has regained the courage of his old days (and, in a twist of irony, he is then immediately killed by a random bullet).

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* Raleigh Becket in ''Film/PacificRim'' is an ex-Jaeger pilot who left the program after he lost his co-pilot and older brother Yancy in the same battle that destroyed their Jaeger. While other pilots have died in combat or been reassigned he's the only pilot to ever resign and is working on the Alaskan portion of the Anti-Kaiju wall when Petecost approaches him. His Jaeger Gypsy Danger, is a more literal case being a wrecked HumongousMecha which is literally pulled from the scrap heap among other decommissioned Jaegers.


* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Steeljack, a former felon and super-villian who just wants to stay out of trouble and make an honest living, despite the checkered past and the troubles around him.

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Steeljack, a former felon and super-villian super-villain who just wants to stay out of trouble and make an honest living, despite the checkered past and the troubles around him.



* Herbie in ''HerbieFullyLoaded'', a literal example, saved from the salvage yard, his previous racing career seemingly forgotten, his new owner less than thrilled by the vehicle circumstances have forced on her, then she gets in a race and after a few false starts while Herbie gets the kinks out of its system the car goes to show that there's plenty of life left in the silly-looking race car yet, winning the race and his owners heart once she realizes what she has.

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* Herbie in ''HerbieFullyLoaded'', ''Film/HerbieFullyLoaded'', a literal example, saved from the salvage yard, his previous racing career seemingly forgotten, his new owner less than thrilled by the vehicle circumstances have forced on her, then she gets in a race and after a few false starts while Herbie gets the kinks out of its system the car goes to show that there's plenty of life left in the silly-looking race car yet, winning the race and his owners owner's heart once she realizes what she has.



* John ''{{Rambo}}'' is pulled out of prison to save the day at the beginning of the movie.

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* John ''{{Rambo}}'' Franchise/{{Rambo}} is pulled out of prison to save the day at the beginning of the movie.''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII''.



* Sam Vimes of the Literature/{{Discworld}} is introduced in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' as an alcoholic, hopeless officer of an entirely corrupt and meaningless Night Watch. Starting with that novel, the Watch and Vimes both start to clean up their act, until Ankh-Morpork suddenly has an exemplary City Watch headed by a Sir Samuel Vimes, one of the richest and highest-ranking nobles in the city who still works the streets as a policeman, is internationally known as a man of complete integrity, is one of about two people considered so important the Assassins' Guild refuses to take commissions on him ([[AssassinOutclassin he kept embarrassingly beating their agents anyway]] to the point they send assassins-in-training against him to teach the '''assassins''' humility), and once arrested two warring armies for disturbing the peace. Even so, Vimes is still basically the same [[KnightInSourArmor cynical]] but LawfulGood [[GoodIsNotNice bastard]] as in the beginning.

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* Sam Vimes of the Literature/{{Discworld}} is introduced in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' as an alcoholic, hopeless officer of an entirely corrupt a decrepit and meaningless Night Watch. Starting with that novel, the Watch and Vimes both start to clean up their act, until Ankh-Morpork suddenly has an exemplary City Watch headed by a Sir Samuel Vimes, one of the richest and highest-ranking nobles in the city who still works the streets as a policeman, is internationally known as a man of complete integrity, is one of about two people considered so important the Assassins' Guild refuses to take commissions on him ([[AssassinOutclassin he kept embarrassingly beating their agents anyway]] to the point they send assassins-in-training against him to teach the '''assassins''' humility), and once arrested two warring armies for disturbing the peace. Even so, Vimes is still basically the same [[KnightInSourArmor cynical]] but LawfulGood [[GoodIsNotNice bastard]] as in the beginning.



* ''TheEasterBunnyIsComingToTown'' has Chugs, another literal example, this time a train, the "runt of the roundhouse, everybody put him down. Yeah. He was really singing the blues." Cue GriefSong.

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* ''TheEasterBunnyIsComingToTown'' ''WesternAnimation/TheEasterBunnyIsComingToTown'' has Chugs, another literal example, this time a train, the "runt of the roundhouse, everybody put him down. Yeah. He was really singing the blues." Cue GriefSong.


* Herbie in ''HerbieFullyLoaded'', a literal example, saved from the salvage yard, his previous racing career seemingly forgotten, his new owner less than thrilled by the vehicle circumstances have forced on her, then she's gets in a race and after a few false starts while Herbie gets the kinks out of it's system the car goes to show that there's plenty of life left in the silly looking race car yet, winning the race and his owners heart once she realizes what she has.
* Russel Casse from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', an alcoholic ex-military pilot turned cropduster and UFO crazy, had zero respect from his son and even less from his neighbors. Still managed to join in the attack on the Mothership and after a few initial miscues manages to save the President, would have shot the missile that took down the ship if the firing mechanism hadn't failed - instead [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] by flying his plane directly into the main weapon and turned the course of the war.

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* Herbie in ''HerbieFullyLoaded'', a literal example, saved from the salvage yard, his previous racing career seemingly forgotten, his new owner less than thrilled by the vehicle circumstances have forced on her, then she's she gets in a race and after a few false starts while Herbie gets the kinks out of it's its system the car goes to show that there's plenty of life left in the silly looking silly-looking race car yet, winning the race and his owners heart once she realizes what she has.
* Russel Russell Casse from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', an alcoholic ex-military pilot turned cropduster and UFO crazy, had zero respect from his son and even less from his neighbors. Still managed to join in the attack on the Mothership and after a few initial miscues manages to save the President, would have shot the missile that took down the ship if the firing mechanism hadn't failed - instead [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] by flying his plane directly into the main weapon and turned the course of the war.


* Bruce Wayne in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' is a retired, out of shape alcoholic. He's been away from crime fighting for so long, the younger generation don't think he ever existed, despite the super villains being known to exist.

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* Bruce Wayne in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' is a retired, out of shape alcoholic.developing alcoholism, and possibly a DeathSeeker. He's been away from crime fighting for so long, the younger generation don't think he ever existed, despite the super villains being known to exist.

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* Sam Wilson in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', aka the Falcon. When introduced, he's retired from active duty due to PTSD stemming from the horrific loss of his flying partner. But he proves himself to be AFriendInNeed to Steve, and puts his wings back on for the first time when it's clear his help is needed.


* Russel Casse from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', an alcoholic ex-military pilot turned cropduster and UFO crazy, had zero respect from his step-son and even less from his neighbors. Still managed to join in the attack on the Mothership and after a few initial miscues manages to save the President, would have shot the missile that took down the ship if the firing mechanism hadn't failed - instead [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] by flying his plane directly into the main weapon and turned the course of the war.

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* Russel Casse from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', an alcoholic ex-military pilot turned cropduster and UFO crazy, had zero respect from his step-son son and even less from his neighbors. Still managed to join in the attack on the Mothership and after a few initial miscues manages to save the President, would have shot the missile that took down the ship if the firing mechanism hadn't failed - instead [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] by flying his plane directly into the main weapon and turned the course of the war.


* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' we learn this is the ultimate fate of Link, the Hero of Time from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', as he has become a forgotten and regretful spirit called the "Hero's Shade". This is likely a ContinuityNod to the fact this Link is from the Child Timeline of ''Ocarina of Time'', meaning his greatest two feats of heroism, defeating [[BigBad Ganondorf]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask stopping the moon from obliterating Termina]] both happened in an AlternateTimeline and AlternateUniverse respectfully, and therefore would have no bearing on legends or lore in his own Hyrule.

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