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"You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you."

A quite common variant of The Quest, this plot has two people who have become separated by fate or circumstance, and thus cannot be together. One or both will try to search for the other, promising that they will never stop until they have reunited with their loved one.

Often, the missing person will be a lover, but sometimes this plot takes the form of a parent searching for a child, a brother for a sister, or someone searching for a lost friend. They will usually have to undergo a long journey while facing many hardships along the way before they can find the person they're looking for.

They may never find each other, or the other person may be long dead, but don't expect them to stop looking even when confronted by proof of such. Such plots usually have a message about the ability of love or friendship to endure all things.

This is the much more proactive version of I Will Wait for You, although not specifically for love interests.

If Bob wants to find his lost love, Alice, but Alice doesn't necessarily want to be found, then that crosses over into Stalking is Love.

Compare She Will Come for Me, in which the missing person believes s/he will be found. See also Reunion Vow, Rescue Arc, and Save the Princess, which this frequently overlaps with. The protagonist of this trope is often the Determinator. Contrast situations where the words are spoken as a threat, perhaps by an Implacable Man or Liam Neeson.


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  • A Duracell Bunny commercial has the toy bunny and his duck companion being left out on a picnic. They seek out to find the owner, but the duck's battery runs out halfway. Bunny drags his friend along, and one fine morning they are at the gate of their little owner's home.

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  • 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother:
    • The main plot is about a boy called Marco Rossi, who is trying to find his mother Anna. Word for word in the Spanish opening, since it says: "Never forget, mom, here is your home. If you don't come back, I will go, and I'll search for you wherever you are. Doesn't matter where you are, I will find you." And he finds her... when she was very sick and waiting for her upcoming Death by Despair. But Marco's presence gives Anna the courage to get operated, and she gets better.
    • It also counts as Adaptation Expansion, as there are some parts dwelling in Marco's daily life and how he and his remaining family (his dad and older brother Antonio) get ready for his travel, as well as some more adventures not included in the novel it comes from. Marcos's adventures were as much a chapter in the original book, the series could be a whole book in itself.
  • In the movie for Ah! My Goddess, Belldandy and Keiichi are about to fight the Big Bad, who wiped Belldandy's memories of Keiichi in order to destroy the World Tree so he can "free" humanity from the war between angels and demons, and there's a very small chance that they'll come out of it in one piece. Belldandy is scared that what she must do might separate her from Keiichi for eternity, but Keiichi, being the romantic that he is, says that such a possibility is nothing to him because he would find her again no matter how long it took.
  • Attack on Titan features a tragic example: when Eren starts seeing his father's memories, he finds out that Grisha's first wife, Dina Fritz, was turned into a titan by Marley for being part of Grisha's rebel group. Just before she transformed, she promised that no matter what form they took, she would find him. Eren then sees that Dina became the smiling titan, the one that ate his mother Carla, and later his friend Hannes. The implication being that the "paths" connecting their race may have led Dina to them, through her unconscious desire to reunite with Grisha.
  • In Berserk, after wandering for two years on his quest for revenge, Guts returns to his safe haven to find his lover Casca gone. When Guts gets his bearings straight, he sets out on his quest to find her.
  • Deconstructed in Black Butler where it begins with the standards boy-searching-for-girl plot where spoiled prince Soma traveled to England to rescue his dear caretaker, Meena, who was taken away from him by an Englishman. He eventually found her... but it turned out that she was perfectly happy with said Englishman, having taken great lengths to sneak out of India with him — and that she never wanted to be with Souma in the first place, because she hated him for being a Royal Brat. Having gone through Character Development in the meantime, Soma accepts this and parts ways with her.
  • Haji in Blood+ spends many years searching for Saya after the Vietnam War incident, only finding her many years later in modern-day Japan.
  • Claymore has Claire telling Raki she will find him when they are escaping Ophelia and need to go separate ways. It results in them looking for each other for years, even after Claire hears that Raki has been taken to the North, which was entirely destroyed during that time.
  • Spike Spiegel's search for Julia which makes up the Myth Arc of Cowboy Bebop.
  • Kanda's search for his girlfriend in D.Gray-Man who's later reincarnated as a boy named Alma.
  • The basic plot of the two Eden of the East movies is Saki searching for Akira, finding him, and then almost immediately losing him again. Rinse and repeat.
  • Kenshiro's search for Yuria, his kidnapped girlfriend, in the first Rescue Arc of Fist of the North Star.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden, these are Uruki's last words to the dying Takiko, whose father has just killed both her and himself in a Mercy Kill as she was being devoured by Genbu. Though he probably meant it in more of a Reincarnation Romance way.
    Uruki: Even if we are separated, I will still love you. No matter what, I will look for you... I will find you.
  • Hello! Sandybell has this in spades.
    • Sandybell was born and raised in Scotland - or so she thought. She finds out later that she was rescued by her adoptive father Leslie from a shipwreck, and the only clue of her past is a daffodil earring. She decides to travel all around Europe to find her mother.
    • Mark inverts this, as he's Scottish, but ran away from home after his parents died and he was shanghai'd into an Arranged Marriage because of his Royal Blood. He's in for a shock when he bumps into Sandybell a few times along the way, but can't come back to her because he promised her he'd become a great artist first.
    • Edward's sister Linda mysteriously vanished after she eloped with her husband to another town. Her last letter stated that her and her husband were moving through towns to find work, but he believes that she's been taken by Human Traffickers.
    • Kitty is the Stalker with a Crush variant of this. She's humiliated at being left at the alter (figuratively) by Mark, and frequently tries to lure him out - she does become successful a few times, but he always runs away from her.
  • Hunter × Hunter: The story started because he wanted to find his father Ging and ask why he would choose the life of a hunter instead of him. Unlike the other instances of this trope, Gon spends a large part of the series looking for him, and while they do get along, even Gon acknowledges that he doesn't really see him as a father, but as an awesome relative he's heard great things about, and realizes that he didn't necessarily want to meet Ging so much as find him. After he finally accomplishes this goal he's left wondering where to go from there.
  • Pollyanna: Ruth Carew's nephew disappeared years ago, and she's desperate to find him as the rest of her family has died over the years. It's Jimmy.
  • Princess Sarah: After a wealthy British investor in India died, his business associate keeps searching for his daughter so he can tell her that she's actually inherited a great fortune. That girl? Sarah.
  • Ie Naki Ko Remi: Remi was abandoned as a baby, adopted by a foster family, kicked out by said foster family and relegated to an Orphanage of Fear after her kind-hearted adoptive dad dies. Despite this, she still yearns to one day find her true parents. Fortunately for her, they were right in front of her the entire time and she didn't realize it - they're the Milligans.
  • Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow: After 7-year-old Lucy May becomes amnesiac because of an accident and ends up in the custody of another family, her father is distraught and his alcoholism gets even worse, and he desperately tries to find her.
  • Discussed in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War when Shirogane and Kaguya are talking about The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Shirogane says that if he were in the emperor's position, he would have drunk the elixir of immortality rather than burn it and get Princess Kaguya back no matter how long it took. And sure enough, when Kaguya is taken back to her family's home and going to be forced into an Arranged Marriage at the end of the series, he moves metaphorical heaven and earth to set her free.
  • La Seine No Hoshi: Ashamed of his infidelity, Francis I confessed to Marie Antoinette that she actually had a little sister out there, and begged her to find her. Now, pair that with Simone's father telling her that she had a sister in the Palace of Versailles...
  • Laura, the Prairie Girl: The Ingalls once rescue an injured duck and take it in their house. After it stays the night, its wing heals. The next day, Laura, Mary and Carrie are aghast to see another duck enter the house and attack the first duck. However, they later realize that it's the duck's friend/partner, and the two fly away together.
  • In Millennium Actress, Chiyoko (the titular actress) spends most of her life searching for a man she briefly knew (and fell in love with) as a girl. She doesn't find him as he died not long after they parted company, a fact which she never learns. In the end, she decides she doesn't much mind not finding him, since chasing after him is what she really loves.
  • This is the main plot in Part II of Naruto. Naruto has sworn to save Sasuke from darkness and Sakura loves Sasuke to the point where she will kill him to save his soul.
  • The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue of Negima! Magister Negi Magi revealed that Kotaro simply ran off for some "ninja training" and Natsumi returned to the Magical World to chase him down. She found him and after years of Belligerent Sexual Tension, they finally ended up getting married in 2015.
  • Anthy sets out to find the eponymous character at the end of the anime version of Revolutionary Girl Utena, since Utena's genuine desire to help her (as opposed to her former white-knighting) finally gives Anthy the courage to break the cycle of abuse she was trapped into. So as soon as she can, she gets ready to leave Ohtori Academy and tell Akio that she's no longer his pawn and that even if Utena was erased from the world, she'll find her no matter what.
  • PandoraHearts has several examples:
  • Used in Project ARMS, when Ryo and his allies spend most of the series trying to find and rescue Katsumi.
  • Seiya and his sister Seika in Saint Seiya were at first this trope, with Seiya becoming a Bronze Saint to search for the older sister he was separated from when he was a tiny little boy and she was a pre-teenager. Unfortunately, the author seemingly forgot about it and had to make a huge Ass Pull to tie this loose plot in the last manga arc. Though, [[spoiler: cheers go to Seika for going in a forbidden ground in Greece all the way from Japan to try finding Seiya.
    • Teppei Takamiya in B't X, a Seiya-expy, breathes by this trope. He's a Determinator that won't stop until he has rescued his younger brother.
  • In The Secret Agreement, Iori has always been able to sense where Yuuichi is, and at the end promises that as long as Yuuichi is running from him he will follow behind until Yuuichi gives up.
  • In the ending of Space Patrol Luluco Luluco becomes the Studio TRIGGER mascot Trigger-chan and traverses the various dimensions (read: Trigger series) to find Nova after his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito revolves around Hazuki travelling through countless alternate worlds trying to find her step-sister/crush Hatsumi after she disappears mysteriously on her sixteenth birthday.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • During the Orichalcos Arc of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Atem loses a duel due to being tempted by the Seal's dark powers and should have his soul taken, Yugi sacrifices his own soul instead. Atem spends the rest of the season vowing to find Yugi and redeem himself for his mistake.
    • In Season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Judai's best friend Johan pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save everyone from Yubel, being transported along with them to another dimension. Judai, feeling responsible for this, vows to find Johan and redeem himself for his mistake.
    • After the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuya's main goal is to find his best friend Yuzu as the interdimensional war pushes her through all of reality. After looking through reality again, Yuya is able to find her in the last episode.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS:
      • Yusaku has been searching for the person who saved him during the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project. For ten years. Yusaku is sixteen. Turns out the voice was Revolver. Yusaku still wants to save him though and only fought him because he couldn't be convinced otherwise.
      • The final episode has Ai dying in Yusaku's arms. Yusaku is devastated and, despite telling Ai earlier that forging emotional bonds is vital, disappears for at least three months, with the show hinting that he's looking for remnants of Ai's data.
  • Voltes V: The Go brothers believed that their father Kentaro was dead, having mysteriously disappeared after Earth was warned of the Alien Invasion. When Hamaguchi tells them that he believes that he is alive before his own death, they start to have hope that he's out there.
    When even this little bird that flew from it's parents can one day return home...

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  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): One of Vivienne Graham's motives for escaping when she and San are held captive by Alan Jonah is seeing her beloved mentor Serizawa again. Little does she know that Serizawa is dead.
  • In The Beast Of Gusu, after Wei Wuxian receives a double dose of the drug the Wens use on shifters, he forgets his identity and wanders as a wolf, though he unknowingly spends those three months looking for Lan Wangji, promising himself that whatever it is that he’s missing he will find it. Similarly, Lan Wangji spends every day looking for Wei Wuxian himself and playing their song in the hopes that Wei Wuxian might hear it and return.
  • In Chapter 80 of BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant, this becomes Jin's motivation, as he leaves Atlas behind to find his missing brother and get answers for the visions that have been plaguing him since the Fall of Vale.
  • In Blizzard Storm, Sakido promises this to Buwaro prior to going off to fight the Big Bad of the fic.
  • In Cold Bloodlines, Frostmask worries that her non-Clan heritage means she won't go to StarClan, where all her friends will be, when she dies. Autumnleap tells her that she will, and if she doesn't, he'll leave and search "the skies and the earth" until she finds her. Their love confession occurs not long after.
  • Pretty much part of the wedding vows near the end of "Every Good Fairytale". Holmes and Beth are forced to make their marriage a Long-Distance Relationship due to being two people from two separate eras who have destinies to fulfill in those eras.
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: Chloe runs away from home after an argument with Goh and gets sucked into the Infinity Train. Goh, who heavily regrets telling Chloe she has no dreams or ambitions on her own, only arrives just to see her hair scrunchie in the trash and becomes determined to find her...even though the reader knows that she doesn't want to see him again. By the Intermission, Chloe texts him to tell her that she doesn't want to be found, especially by him, and bids him farewell.
  • In a Tangled fanfic called The Last Confession of Eugene Fitzherbert, Eugene spends 50 years tracking down Rapunzel after Gothel takes her away again.
  • Light of the Moon: Despite Quirin's best efforts to keep Varian's powers secret from the world, his son is still kidnapped and he was helpless to stop it note . Quirin spends the next six years searching relentlessly for his son, having the king's blessing (if the woman who took Varian is the same one who kidnapped Rapunzel, then finding one child will likely help him find the other).
  • Loki: Agent of Doomgard is about Loki taking the agent job for several reasons, one being to be able to look for his brother Thor, who was lost when the world ended, their own two previous incarnations (Kid!Loki, Teen!Loki), and the Young Avengers, whom Teen!Loki considers as friends.
  • In lost beneath the turning wheel, Ehsun Nedot travels the galaxy for five years in order to rescue the father of her twin children from slavery.
  • In the Supernatural fanfic Maybe Sprout Wings Sam has been searching for Dean since Dean was enslaved at age sixteen. Sam is obsessed with finding him and sets out for Washington State as soon as he gets a lead on his brother's whereabouts.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: In chapter 29 of the sequel Picking Up the Pieces, Wind Breaker learns that he was kidnapped from his mother as an egg, and that she's always wished she could come back to Equestria to find him, but it's been too dangerous until now.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, after awakening in the new timeline, Ash promises to himself that he will reunite with each and every one of his Pokémon. However, he fails to reach to his Primeape in time, only seeing him get blasted into the sky by Paul, and his Pokédex hints that he might not survive this.
  • My Hero Academia Pulse and Void Present Mic is kidnapped and Aizawa doesn’t stop until he finds his husband and rescues him. Learning that the villains obtained things like a shock collar and custom muzzle clues him into Mic being tortured and drives him harder.
  • In This Is A Wild Game Of Survival, the cast is full of people who are desperate to reunite with one another after a zombie apocalypse ravages their school, but none is more determined than Jang Ha-ri for her younger brother Woo-jin, especially given the number of close calls she gets to finding him, including finding three of his classmates who give reports on his wellbeing, and realizing she could have reunited with him at least three times.
  • In Torque (Jak and Daxter), the Dark Warrior declares to himself that he will find Keira so she can answer his questions about the dreams he has been having.
  • In Winter War, this is the motivation of several members of the Hueco Mundo mission. Nanao and Sora are straight examples, looking for her MIA captain Kyorakou and his imprisoned sister Orihime respectively. Ikkaku starts out as a subversion since he knows his best friend Yumichika has either turned traitor or been taken captive and Brainwashed and Crazy, and his reaction to either is "battle to the death". The group finds Orihime fairly easily, and Ikkaku- after finding out exactly what was wrong with Yumichika, fighting him, and Yumichika being restored to normal- settles on My Fist Forgives You.
  • Your [True] Name: When Taki is in Mitsuha's body during the climax of Persona 4, he leaves her a calling card, signed "Scarlet of the Phantom Thieves":
    Dear Lady Mitsuha Miyamizu, the bizarre spit-sake girl of Inaba. You are a shrill, easily impressed and naive person who is amazed by the world and the people in it. You are emotional and forthright, always speaking your mind even when it's not wanted. Yet despite this, your intentions and heart are both pure and constantly seeking for the truth. Your reality may seem distorted, your memories may fade, but you must know this:
    No matter where you are. No matter how far apart we may be. No matter if years, or continents, or gods or demons of heaven and hell stand between us, I solemnly swear to you and only you... that I will find you. And I will steal your heart.

    Films — Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians: Pongo and Perdita search for their 15 lost pups... and find 84 extra.
  • An American Tail: Fievel is swept overboard on the ship to America and spends the rest of the movie searching for his family in New York.
  • Bolt: Bolt, a dog actor searches for his owner, Penny.
  • The very beginning plot of Eureka Seven Good Night Sleep Tight Young Lovers movie. Eureka gets kidnapped, Renton sets out to find her for 8 years.
  • Finding Nemo: Marlin the clownfish searches for his son.
  • In The Stinger of The Garden of Words, we see Takao decides to find and meet Yukari once more.
  • In Home (2015), Tip's main goal throughout the movie is to rescue her kidnapped mother. Turns out it's also Gorg's, who's looking for the next generation of his species.
  • Manny in Ice Age: Continental Drift gets separated from his wife and daughter because of an earthquake. He does a Shout-Out to the classic Last of the Mohicans quote.
    Manny: STAY ALIVE! No matter how long it takes, I WILL FIND YOU!
  • The Land Before Time is the children's journey to find their parents when they are separated in the earthquake.
  • Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe: Phineas, Ferb, and their friends go into outer space to search for Candace after she gets abducted by aliens. Dr. Doofenshmirtz goes with them because those aliens also abducted Vanessa.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie: Princess Eloise searches for her brother. Later on, George, the main protagonist of the film, searches for Eloise.
  • In Your Name, after he and Mitsuha suddenly stop switching bodies, Taki resolves to find her, traveling all the way from Tokyo to Itomori. It is later revealed that Mitsuha had beaten him by three years. She had traveled to Tokyo to meet him a day before the impact of the comet Tiamat, and actually did, but chickened out because he did not recognize her, this being three years too early from his perspective, after all.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis is about two friends, a dog and a cat, who go on a journey to find each other after becoming separated.
  • Thorold Stone (Jeff Fahey) in the Christian movie Revelation from the Apocalypse film series is looking for his wife and daughter who disappeared in the Rapture and will do anything to get them back, eventually realizing from the people he meets in the movie that he will have to put his faith in Jesus Christ in order to see them again.
  • This is basically Natasha's entire motivation in the first half of The Avengers (2012) after she finds out that Loki has taken Clint.
  • The City of Lost Children might count, and this trope is pretty much the entire plot of A Very Long Engagement.
  • In The Day After Tomorrow, the climatologist mounts an expedition from Washington D.C. to New York during the storm to find his son.
  • Frantic. Guy's wife gets kidnapped, he spends the rest of the film searching for her.
  • The premise of the movie Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is where the pets travel cross country to find their owners.
  • In Jumanji, when Alan tries to find his family, he finds out that his father abandoned his business and devoted the rest of his life trying to find his missing son to no avail.
  • Ladyhawke. Doubles as a Badass Boast.
    Etienne Navarre: And know this — if you fail, I will follow you the length of my days. And I will find you.
  • Last of the Mohicans:
    Hawkeye: No, you submit, do you hear? You be strong, you survive... You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
  • Manila in the Claws of Light's protagonist Julio wanders Manila in hopes of finding his girlfriend Ligaya.
  • What General Zod vows to do with Kal-El in Man of Steel as a villainous example. "I WILL FIND HIM!"
  • The Princess Bride:
    • Played tongue-in-cheek and straight at the same time, which is what makes that movie great.
    Westley: Hear this now: I will always come for you.
    Buttercup: But how can you be sure?
    Westley: This is true love — you think this happens every day?
    • And near the end:
      Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?
      Buttercup: Well... you were dead.
      Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
      Buttercup: I will never doubt again.
      Westley: There will never be a need.
  • The Searchers. Ethan Edwards' family is slaughtered and the youngest daughter taken captive by Indians. He spends nearly a decade hunting down the group that took her to rescue her.
  • Deconstructed in SHAZAM! (2019). Billy has spent the past ten years searching for his long-lost mother after he got separated from her at a local fair as a toddler. Even if it was breaking the law or ditching his foster families, he did whatever it takes to see her again. But when he finally meets up with her, she reveals that she purposely abandoned him at the fair due to her constant struggles of raising him as a young single mom. Not only that but she barely wanted to reconcile with him, and when he shows her the compass he gave her at the fair the last time he saw her, she's unfamiliar with it. After that, Billy decides to move on from her and reconnect with his foster family.
  • Both Silent Hill films are centered on people looking for their loved ones. In the first film, Rose da Silva braves the hellish town of Silent Hill to find her daughter, Sharon. In the sequel, Sharon returns to Silent Hill to rescue her kidnapped dad, Christopher, and in the ending, Christopher ends up deciding to stay in the town so he can find Rose, who has remained stuck there ever since the events of the first film.
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: the Enterprise crew hear from Sarek that their lost friend can be brought Back from the Dead. They spend the rest of the film doing just that, plus or minus fighting some Klingons.
  • The movie Taken is about one man's search for his daughter, though everyone remembers the very Papa Wolf quote by the protagonist to said daughter's kidnappers.
  • In Tribulation, Tom Canboro is separated from his wife Susan when he was in a coma from the automobile accident and spends much of the movie looking for her. He does find her among a group of persecuted Christians, thankfully.
  • The Vanishing (US version). Sandra Bullock goes missing; her boyfriend Jack Bauer Kiefer Sutherland looks for her for years. Ditto for the original Dutch version. A slight variant, in that after three years of searching, Rex doesn't believe Saskia will turn up alive. He's still consumed by his desire to find out what happened to her.

  • The 5th Wave: Cassie spends the first book searching for her younger brother.
  • In the All American Pups book New Pup on the Block, Rosie is sure that her first owner, Sam, didn't abandon her and goes back to find him, causing the others to go after her. Unfortunately, when she arrives, she finds her apartment building in the process of being knocked down.
  • Alterien has this played out through Oberon's older half-sister, Sharon Marshall. Shortly after reuniting, she told him she swore she'd never give up looking for him.
  • One of the Kesh stories in Ursula K. Le Guin's novel Always Coming Home is about a young woman who goes missing. Her boyfriend is desperate to find her again, but it's only a fragment, so we never learn if he does (an expanded edition of the book adds more to that story, but the ending is still missing).
  • Animorphs has an offscreen version: In one book Cassie accidentally ends up sent to Australia and is unable to communicate with the others. When she gets back, she's told that Jake went into this mode.
    "Talk?" Rachel rolled her eyes. "Puh-leez. He wants to give you a big, fat, sloppy kiss. You should've seen him. He was a total zombie the whole time you were gone."
    I smiled at Jake. "A zombie? Really?"
    Jake shot Rachel a dirty look, then stared down at his French fries. "Depends on your definition of a zombie."
    "How's this for a definition?" Tobias said. "Somebody who can't eat, can't sleep, spends every minute of the night and day searching the airport and all other known Yeerk hangouts, and can only utter one intelligible sentence: 'I have to FIND HER.'"
  • Claire and Chane to each other in Baccano! after the Flying Pussyfoot incident. They do reunite, and rather quickly compared to most examples.
  • Beatles has Sebastian, one of the four main characters, getting lost in Paris. The three other friends hitchhike to Paris from Oslo, searching the city from end to end until they accidentally stumble upon him at a metro station (hung up on narcotics and in a miserable state).
  • Henri Tod tries to find his dead little sister in The Story of Henri Tod from Blackford Oakes. Unfortunately he is betrayed and killed in the process.
  • In The Broken Earth Trilogy, the protagonist Essun's initial motivation is to find her daughter Nassun, whose father Jija left with her after killing their son Uche due to him being an orogene. Given that Nassun is also an orogene, she is in potentially serious danger. And it doesn't help that The End of the World as We Know It is going on at the same time...
  • City Of Last Chances: Hellgram's subplot concerns his search for his wife. They used to be a formidable Battle Couple, soulmates and soldiers from a war-torn world, until she mysteriously vanished not long after they crossed into the titular city from the Anchorwood. He only has a handful of places left to look, and his few acquaintances worry what will happen to him when he finally runs out. He finds her in the end — whereupon it turns out his wife is (and always has been) a huge man-eating centipede, which the city's mafia dons had been using to execute their failures and enemies in previous chapters. The two of them immediately start cuddling up with each other, to everyone else's horror.
  • In a story found in Edmondo D'Amici's book Cuore, a boy from Geneva goes to search for his mother in Argentina. The same end happens: Mom is sick. Doctors try to convince her to get operated. Mom is close to the Despair Event Horizon and refuses. Boy shows up. Mom emotionally recovers and gets operated on. Mom gets better.
  • In P. G. Wodehouse's A Damsel In Distress, Maud is kept prisoner at Belpher Castle to prevent this. She keeps breaking loose.
  • In Dark Heart, Arvis, Warde, and Shial spend the book pursuing Myrren and Raine after they're separated in the thick of a battle.
  • David Copperfield: "I'm a-going to seek my niece." from Daniel Peggotty, in regards to Emily who has left with Steerforth. He finds her.
  • In Dragon Queen, Trava searches for her Missing Mom.
  • The narrative poem Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is about a woman searching for her lost lover.
  • In His Dark Materials: Northern Lights Lyra's quest begins when her friend Roger goes missing and she determines to find him. She takes a while to fully shoulder this responsibility or, debatably, realise it's there to shoulder, but when she does it's with a vengeance; she throws rescuing her imprisoned uncle into the mix, just in case one globe-trotting rescue mission wasn't enough, and at some point her plan to save Roger turns into plans to save all the children that have been taken. This becomes a running theme of the trilogy; Lyra's quest to reunite with Roger turns into a plan to reunite and reconcile with his ghost, after her initial quest fails, Will spends a good amount of time in The Amber Spyglass hunting for the kidnapped Lyra etc, etc.
  • Heath's last words to Zoey before he leaves the Otherworld to be re-born. One of the biggest Tear Jerkers in The House of Night. At the end of Awakened, he does come back to find her... albeit as a Vessel. Heath no longer exists, but he possesses the memories to protect her.
  • InCryptid: After her husband Thomas was Trapped in Another World by an Eldritch Abomination, Alice spends the next 50+ years as a Dimensional Traveler searching for him. In the eleventh book, after 56 years, they're finally reunited.
  • The Last Dragon Chronicles: Grella and Yolen spend years searching for Agawin after the battle on Kasgerden.
  • Pahua Moua: In the first book, Pahua's younger brother Matt gets his soul stolen by a spirit. The main plot of the book is Pahua's quest to find him in the Spirit Realm.
  • This is the plot of Koji Suzuki's Paradise, in which the main character's quest to find his kidnapped wife continues through three lifetimes.
  • Pax: Peter and Pax spend the book looking for each other.
  • The Perfect Run: Ryan dubbed finding his Childhood Friend Len as one of his most important Main Quests. When evidence starts to stack up that she's deliberately avoiding him, he refuses to accept it. He does find her, and it turns out that he is her personal Trauma Button because he reminds her of her father abusing both of them. Thankfully, they are able to reconcile regardless.
  • In Ranger's Apprentice, Halt swears this when his apprentice Will is kidnapped by Skandian slavers.
  • Rules For Vanishing: Sara ventures onto the mystical road in an attempt to find her sister Becca, who disappeared there a year ago.
  • Hans Christian Andersen's story The Snow Queen is all about a girl searching for her kidnapped boyfr— er, playmate.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Brienne swears an oath to Catelyn to bring her daughter Sansa back to her. She spends an entire book searching for her desperately.
  • The Survivalist series by Jerry Ahern. John Rourke is seeking his wife and children after World War III breaks out. His wife is more concerned with protecting her children After the End until she discovers he's alive and searching for her.
  • Tailchaser's Song starts with Tailchaser trying to find out what happened to his crush Hushpad, who has mysteriously disappeared along with many other cats. She was gone for reasons unrelated to everything else. Her owners just moved away. Once Tailchaser finally does find her, he finds that they've grown apart and runs off.
  • Tress of the Emerald Sea: Salay is sailing the seas in search of her press-ganged father, asking about him in every port to no avail. Ultimately, Tress cashes in a boon from a dragon to learn his current location; by the epilogue, they've reunited and are part of Tress's crew.
  • In Warrior Cats, the SkyClan leader Cloudstar and his mate Birdflight are separated for good when SkyClan is forced to leave the forest and Birdflight stays behind as a ThunderClan cat because her kits are too young to travel. The two promise to find each other in the afterlife, and they eventually do, after many years.
  • War With No Name: Mort(e) looks for his friend Sheba, who was separated from him early in the story.
  • In Wings of Fire, Mangrove is desperately determined to find Orchid, who has gone missing, but the rest of his tribe seem to not care about the dragons going missing at all.
  • The climactic plot point in Young Wizards: A Wizard Alone where Kit, ensnared in the mind-universe of autistic wizard Daryl, goes missing and Nita has to find him.
  • Deconstructed in The Zone series by James Rouch, set in a war-torn Europe during World War III. One of the soldiers is obsessed with finding his wife, but the fruitless search eventually drives him insane.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Two instances in Diablero:
    • Keta's son, Mayaken, was kidnapped when he was very young. She and Elvis have never given up trying to find him. In the second season, they do.
    • Everyone to Ventura in season 2.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Played for horror in the cliffhanger ending of "The Almost People". The Doctor promises this to Amy, who is standing right in front of him... until she dissolves into a pile of goo. Turns out Amy was kidnapped at the start of the season and replaced by a replicated human. The real Amy (who's been mentally piloting the replicant) then wakes up to find she's pregnant and confined in a cell by the Big Bad.
    • In "War Of The Sontarans", the Doctor says this to Yaz as Yaz starts to disappear, falling through Space and Time.
      Doctor: A collision between Flux and Vortex energy. You're falling through Space and Time. Yaz, stay calm. I will find you.
      Yaz: Promise?
      Doctor: I promise!
  • In the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman episode "The Abduction", the title character is kidnapped by vengeful dog soldiers. Paramour Sully tries to fight them off but fails. As they ride off with her, he screams after them, "Michaela! I'll find you!"
  • A particularly heartbreaking example in Farscape, the second part of the Peacekeeper Wars; D'Argo, fatally wounded and planning to hold off the attacking Scarrans so that his friends can escape, tells a weeping Chiana that he'll find her in their next lives as she's dragged away by Crichton.
  • In Firefly, Simon had already done this for River before the opening.
  • Spike of Flashpoint does the threat version to the man who kidnapped him and Sam's sister Natalie, though he does it more as a distraction so Sam can make entry. The team even teases him about it later.
    Spike: Listen to me! Maybe you get past us. Maybe by some miracle you get out of the country. You know what? Doesn't matter. I don't care what third-world jungle you hide out in, I will find you. Whatever I have to do, I will do. I will never forget you. Not after what you did to my friend's sister, and not after what you did to my team!
    (window explodes)
  • Harmon Rabb's quest to find his MIA father was an important Story Arc in the early seasons of JAG.
  • Lost:
    • Sayid before the crash had been searching for his love Nadia, and he eventually finds and marries her after being rescued, although it ends tragically.
    • Penny also has been searching for Desmond for the years that he's been on the island, and eventually sends a rescue boat and does find him.
    • And of course, we can't forget Michael and his search for WAAAAAAALLLLLTTTTT after he's kidnapped off a raft by The Others in Season 2.
  • Once Upon a Time has this as one of their arc phrases. It's practically Snow White's family motto. It's also used often by characters outside her family, including Rumplestiltskin/Mr Gold searching for his son, Greg/Owen searching for his father, and many, many others.
  • In Person of Interest, Reese swears this after Finch is abducted.
  • Seinfeld parodies The Last of the Mohicans: when Kramer gets lost downtown, Jerry tells him "Stay alive! No matter what occurs, I will find you!"
  • In Space: Above and Beyond, Nathan West shouts this to his starcrossed love interest Kylen, after he fails to hide himself on the ship about to fly her off Earth and is taken away by security. The next scene sees that ship being bombarded to smithereens by the Scary Dogmatic Aliens.
  • Stargate SG-1: In the first episode, Daniel's wife Sha're, as well as Skaara, are taken as Goa'uld hosts, and Daniel (and Jack) vow to get them back. It's why Daniel initially really wants to be on SG1, so he has a better chance at finding Sha're. They eventually find both of them — but only Skaara is eventually freed from his Goa'uld. Sha're is taken out by Teal'c before her Goa'uld can kill Daniel.
  • In the back-story for Street Justice, when Adam was forced to leave Vietnam, he promised then-preteen Grady he would return and find him one day, no matter what. That promise was the driving force behind Adam's 20-year search for Grady.
  • In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21), Dean is desperate to find his little brother.
  • In The Walking Dead, Beta Couple Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene sometimes end up in walker-related situations that force them to split up but vow to themselves and the other survivors to find each other. And when Glenn is executed at the start of season 7, he outright says them to Maggie as a variation that lean closer to Always with You.
  • Subverted in Season One of Westworld. William falls in loves with a Westworld android called Dolores. After they are separated he's determined to find her again, but his Roaring Rampage of Rescue only makes him a hardened and sadistic killer. He eventually catches up with her only to find she's been reprogrammed to forget him, and the season finale reveals that he is in fact the Man in Black, the villain who's been raping Dolores and indulging in other sadistic activities for the past thirty years.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: Justin says this to his Vampire girlfriend when the only option for her survival is for her to surrender to a Mummy's control. He does eventually find her again, but it doesn't end well.

    Multiple Media 
  • MonsterVerse:
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Dr. Mark Russell's estranged daughter is kidnapped along with his ex-wife by eco-terrorists whom are planning to set Kaiju including Ghidorah loose on the world, and for most of the movie, Mark's main concern and reason for helping out the heroes instead of continuing to wallow in self-pity is so that he can get his daughter back. His ex-wife is also initially part of the equation initially, but getting her back justifiably goes out the window once it turns out that she's been in cahoots with the eco-terrorists all along and she dragged their daughter into it.
    • Skull Island: This is ultimately revealed to be part of why Irene, leader of the Private Military Contractors that are hunting Annie, is doing what she is. Annie is Irene's Missing Child who was believed killed at sea ten years ago, and Irene used her wealth to bring the mercenary team together to find her and bring her home once she learned that Annie might be alive. However, Irene's and the mercs' first encounter with a now-feral Annie who didn't remember her mother didn't go as well as they could have, leading to Annie's animosity with them.
  • Transformers:
    • Beast Wars: Airrazor and Tigatron promise this to each other when they are abducted by aliens.
    • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Rewind's friend and lover, Dominus Ambus, went missing at the beginning of the war. Several million years later, Rewind still hasn't given up looking for him, regardless of where he might be, even if he hasn't found a single clue or hint. Indeed, it's his main motivation for signing up for the quest.

  • Within Temptation's "Somewhere."
    I'll find you somewhere
    I'll keep on trying
    Until my dying day
    I just need to know
    Whatever has happened
    The truth will free my soul
  • Also, The Moody Blues' song "I Know You're Out There Somewhere."
  • Judas Priest "Worth Fighting For"
  • Clannad's Award-Bait Song I Will Find You for the movie Last of the Mohicans
  • Orpheus to Eurydice in Hadestown
    Wait for me
    I'm coming soon
  • The Temptations: "Since I Lost My Baby."
  • In Moira, Elefseus travels across the land for years looking for Artemisia, the twin sister from whom he was separated long ago. He does eventually find her — dead in the water.
  • From Zedd's Find You:
    I'll run away with your footsteps
    I'll build a city that dreams for two
    And if you lose yourself
    I will find you

  • Benjamin Britten's "church parable" Curlew River: nameless Mad Woman wanders far and wide for her missing young son. She eventually comes upon the child's grave, where an apparition of the child appears and consoles his mother, assuring her that they will meet in heaven.
  • Aida (the musical, not the opera): As they are buried alive together, Radames swears he and Aida will find each other again, even if it takes a thousand lifetimes. Also an example of the power of love.
    • Note: it does take around a thousand lifetimes. At the end, their reincarnations meet up in a museum in modern times and are instantly drawn to each other
  • In Wicked, Fiyero's main purpose behind joining the Gale Force is to find Elphaba, presumably before the Wizard's other soldiers find her.

    Video Games 
  • In the second half of Beyond Good & Evil, Jade's uncle Pey'j gets kidnapped and becomes the designated Distressed Dude of the plot. Naturally, Jade swears she'll find him, no matter where he is. "I'll find you, Pey'j, no matter what... hang in there."
  • In BlazBlue: Central Fiction after Ragna erases himself from the world and everyone's memories, Rachel, despite not remembering him, vows to find him no matter what.
  • The game Braid — for all the Epileptic Trees surrounding it, on the surface it's about a guy finding the Princess who left him. Braid in turn has a lot of Shout Outs to ''Super Mario Bros., so you could argue this trope coming into play for that.
  • At the end of Chrono Cross, Kid promises that she'll use her newfound powers to find Serge in the timelines, no matter how long it takes.
  • Dragon Age:
    • One possible ending of Dragon Age: Origins has the Grey Warden searching for Morrigan.
    • The Witch Hunt DLC gives the Warden a chance to succeed. Notably, this example isn't necessarily a romantic chase. The Warden in the DLC always goes after her, whether it be out of love, to honor an old friendship, to find answers to questions left open, or to simply stab her in the gut for stealing away during the Final Battle.
    • In Dragon Age II, Leliana does it for the mysteriously-disappeared Warden.
  • Dragon Quest V is the game where the whole plot is about finding someone. First off, Pankraz's desperately trying to find his wife. He passes on the mission to his son when he realizes he can't go on anymore. After the Time Skip, The Hero, while trying to find his mom, marries a girl, But then he gets separated from his lover and children, leaving his twin offspring growing up into kid heroes trying to find their parents and then their grandma. In addition, all of the above are trying to find The Chosen One.Turns out, the reason that part took so long is that the Chosen One hadn't been born yet: he's the Hero's son.
  • In Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, Zoë's part of the story begins when her friend Reza disappears and is probably in trouble. She will stop at nothing to find him except a depressing dead end.
  • Ecco the Dolphin's motive in his first game is to find his family, who have been stolen by a storm. The trope's even mentioned in the only official vocal song about the series.
  • In Emerald City Confidential, Petra's main motivation is finding her missing little brother after he was kidnapped as a baby during the Phanfasm War. She does find him when he's grown up, but it turns out that he's the Big Bad's mole.
  • Fallout:
    • Fallout 3's player character, the Lone Wanderer, starts out leaving Vault 101 to find the Disappeared Dad.
    • Fallout 4's Sole Survivor Player Character spends most of the game trying to find their kidnapped baby boy Shaun. They do find him sixty years too late and spend the rest of the game, either destroying him or helping him in his evil plans.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy X-2: Yuna was spurred into action when Rikku showed her a sphere that appeared to show Tidus alive and well; she joins the Gullwings in hopes of finding more spheres like that one, and eventually, finding him. Depending on your ending, she may get her wish, or she'll learn that she has to move on with her life. Or the world might explode.
    • Final Fantasy XIII-2: Serah goes on her quest to find Lightning, who was removed from history after the previous game's ending. She does see her again. After she dies.
  • This is the motivation for several Fire Emblem characters to join your army.
    • Blazing Sword has Priscilla looking for her brother Raymond, Rebecca looking for her brother Dan, and Natalie looking for her husband Dorcas. The main story basically starts with Eliwood looking for his father.
    • The first eight chapters of Sacred Stones revolve around main character Eirika trying to find her twin brother Ephraim.
    • In Path of Radiance, Marcia is looking for her brother Makalov and Sothe is looking for his Not Blood Sister Micaiah. Makalov is found halfway through the game, but Sothe doesn't find Micaiah until sometime between the end of this game and the beginning of the sequel.
    • In Awakening, if the Avatar sacrifices himself/herself to permanently slay Grima the entire party will refuse to believe the person is dead and promise to find them. In a scene after "The End" screen, they do.
  • Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is about the hero, Seto, trying to find the silver-haired girl, Ren. In this example, they did not actually know each other and only met for a brief moment. The story takes place After the End, and before Ren, the only other human Seto had ever seen was an old man he lived with who had since passed away. Seto looks for Ren on his journey to the "tall, red tower" where he was told he might find survivors.
  • At the start of Genshin Impact, the player character is separated from their sibling, and the principal story arc through the game's prologue and all of chapter one is to find them. The end of chapter one has them finally finding their sibling, only to discover that they don't want to be reunited (yet), and are working with (and possibly leading) the antagonistic Abyss faction. The story arc then changes from finding their sibling to understanding their motives.
  • Heavy Rain is about Ethan's determination to do anything to find his son.
  • A big chunk of the Kingdom Hearts series revolves around Sora traveling across different worlds, looking for the friends he was separated from at the start of the first game.
    • Axel: "Go on, you just keep running. But I'll always be there to bring you back!"
    • Riku also says this trope almost word for word at the end of Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] after diving into Sora's heart.
    Riku: I'll find you, Sora.
  • In the Dark Side ending to Knights of the Old Republic Bastila gets fed up with waiting and trying to hold the decaying Sith Empire together and sets off after Revan, never to be seen again.
  • This trope is the catalyst of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. At the prologue of the game, Link is off to the Lost Woods, looking for a dear friend he lost after his previous adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, only to be sidetracked by the Skull Kid's ambush. The prologue heavily implies that the friend he's looking for is his Fairy Companion throughout his battle against Ganondorf, Navi, which is later confirmed to be the case by the Hyrule Historia book.
  • The main plot of Life Is Strange revolves around Chloe trying to find Rachel.
  • In Limbo, the protagonist is a boy who is searching for his sister. No further explanation is given.
  • Liara's hunt for Shepard in the interim between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. Followed by her longer hunt for Feron, the Drell Knowledge Broker who assisted her in reclaiming Shepard, but was abducted in the process. Miranda spends most of Mass Effect 3 trying to find her younger sister Oriana.
  • In Planescape: Torment, Fall-From-Grace will promise this to The Nameless One if you get the Good Ending, where The Nameless One is allowed to die and becomes a petitioner in Hell for his past crimes.
  • Sid Meier's Pirates!: The player character narrowly escapes being Made a Slave with his sister, uncle, aunt, and grandfather in the introduction, and he sets out to rescue them in adulthood. Your level of success influences your ending and score:
    "Happily, you were able to rescue all of your family members. Joyous family gatherings highlight your remaining years."
  • Forms the basis of the plot for Silent Hill - main character Harry's daughter goes missing in the eponymous haunted town, and he resolves to find her.
  • Though it's only brought up in backstories, at least two of the characters in Skylanders (Chill and Gill Grunt) joined the titular team to try and find someone important to them.
  • Virtua Quest has Sei's father sacrifice himself to save Acropolis. Sei is initially devastated but remembers that dying in Nexus simply traps your consciousness in the system, and vows to find him.
  • In the ending of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, defeating the Big Bad Z and restarting Origin means that the worlds of Keves and Agnus will be rebooted into Bionis and Alrest, but made separate again as well. As the worlds drift apart, the separated party promises that they will find each other, despite the process erasing their memories. In The Stinger, we see the first cutscene in the game, but instead of Noah witnessing the event that created the world of Aionis, he hears a very familiar flute, meaning that they will likely keep that promise.
  • Though implied at the end of the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links makes it clear that after his final duel with Ai, Playmaker searches through the entire network to find Ai's duplicate, but it wouldn't be until the restart of LINK VRAINS and the creation of its Duel Links World that they eventually reunited after Playmaker sensed his partner's presence that he's still around somewhere in VRAINS World.

    Visual Novels 

  • The Beast Legion In Issue 4 Dragos swears he'll find Xeus one day & kill him.
  • Blood Reverie: Xavier's little sister ran away from home, and he spent years unsuccessfully trying to track her down. He believes she intentionally doesn't want to be found.
  • Su Lüxia of Cheating Men Must Die has left a few pining hearts in her wake.
    • Min Mingzhe is left the only one in his world who remembers her existence and becomes obsessed with finding her to the point of abandoning his wealthy family to wander alone.
    • Jing Chen becomes somewhat aware of the Fourth Wall due to how poorly-written and inexplicable his story is, and falls in love with Su Lüxia because hers is the only sensible behaviour in his world. When she realises how dangerous he is and forcibly escapes, he becomes determined to find a way to leave his world and follow her. The trope name is even the title of the final chapter of his arc.
    • Qi Ling is the only one Su Lüxia invites to come find her, leaving Qi Ling with a hint and a keychain bearing her likeness as a parting gift.
    • Parodied in an extra segment in the format of a mobile group chat, where all the members are characters who want to meet Su Lüxia again.
  • Ariel, the main character of Drowtales, swears this regarding Faen.
  • Parodied in Lookism, Vasco makes Hyung Suk promise that he'll find him when he wants to become stronger. And then... Vasco comes back to the convenience store (Hyung Suk's part-time job) 3 times because afterwards, he forgot to buy various items the first time he was there...
  • In Moxie, Mari tells herself that she will bring her brother home.
  • When Rachel leaves Bam in Tower of God to climb the Tower, Bam swears to find her and follow her until death. He comes dangerously close to both her and the Grim Reaper at times.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Arcane: Vi promises her younger sister Powder if she is in trouble, to use a flare she gives her and she'll come running. After she's thrown in jail for years and then recruited by Caitlyn the first thing she does is head to Zaun and try to find Powder. She even manages to fulfill the promise when Powder turned Jinx does light the flare so many years later and reunites with her.
  • The main plot in Boo Boom! The Long Way Home resolves around a young boy who has been separated from his parents during World War II, and is determined to find them again.
  • In the Opening Narration of Bounty Hamster we see Casey's Dad shouting "I'll come back for you!" as she drifts off in the Escape Pod. A Gilligan Cut then has Cassie saying "But he didn' I went looking."
  • Danger Mouse busts a gut searching for Baron Greenback in "The Wild, Wild Goose Chase." using a device in a hollowed-out book that tells where your next hideout is based on the parameters of the present location. He technically fails as Greenback has departed the last hideout but left DM something as a token of what he went through: the pages from the book.
  • Gravity Falls: An interesting case with Stan. He's spent thirty years trying to find his twin brother Ford, who's Trapped in Another World. However, he doesn't go anywhere to search, instead focusing on fixing the portal Ford was sucked through in the first place.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! special One Small Step, Sean and Mindy become worried when Jet and Sunspot go missing. At one point, Mindy even thinks that a "moon monster" got them. So, Sean and Mindy make it their mission to go and locate them. Along the way, they learn about the Apollo 11 mission. When they finally find Jet, they share a Group Hug.
  • Star Wars Rebels: Grand Finale "Family Reunion — and Farewell" ends on Sabine and Ahsoka leaving in search of Ezra, who went missing in space with Grand Admiral Thrawn before the Distant Epilogue.
  • Steven Universe: Ruby and Sapphire being so in love that they spend all their time fused as Garnet have one desire when they're separated: to find each other, no matter what.
  • Said word for word by Wolverine to Mystique in Wolverine and the X-Men (2009).

    Real Life 
  • Avita Sharanski, wife of dissident Natan Sharanski, led a worldwide campaign to urge the Soviet Union to release him from The Gulag.
  • A really touching case of this trope in Imperial China involved a high official whose concubine mother was sold away from the family when he was only two. Fifty years later he resigns all his offices and informs his family that he will not return until he finds his mother - and then he does! The lady proves to be alive and well at seventy-plus and her now important and wealthy son proudly brings her home along with his half-siblings, nephews, and nieces from her later marriage in a true happy ending.
  • The manga author Tite Kubo revealed on Twitter that the tenth year of publishing was incredibly hard on him due to stress and bad health. Then a letter gave him his spirits back - it was from a deceased 10-year-old child, whose Last Request was to have an anonymous letter with encouraging words given to him after his death. At the end of the reveal, Kubo asked for leads about the boy's family's whereabouts, intending to find them. And around a year later, he did.
  • Jane, Lady Franklin studied Arctic geography and shipping and spent a lot of her money to fund expeditions to find her husband Admiral John Franklin, who led an expedition to find the North-West Passage and was never seen again. Exactly where he was buried remains a mystery to this day, but her efforts helped uncover irrefutable evidence that the mission ended in complete failure.