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"I'll be back."

Here are tropes dealing with the return of a character, a group of characters, or even things.


  • Achilles in His Tent: A team member quits, but returns in time to help right when the group needs their specific abilities.
  • Back for the Dead: A character who was written out of the show returns only to be killed off.
  • Back for the Finale: A character who hasn't appeared in the series for a while returns in the final episode.
  • Back from the Brink: The hero's home would have had its fate sealed had the hero not returned in time to save the day.
  • Boomerang Comeback: A projectile hits its target or the thrower upon returning.
  • The Bus Came Back: A character who was written out of the show ends up returning to the series eventually.
  • Came Back Strong: A resurrected person becomes more powerful than they were before they died.
  • Came Back Wrong: A resurrection goes wrong, resulting in horrible side effects coming with the character coming back to life.
  • The Cat Came Back: Person keeps coming back no matter what is done to get rid of them.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Friend abandons hero, then returns to save them at the last minute.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: A plot device that has already been used once, then shows up again later.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Nothing the character can do will rid them of the plot-relevant object they're stuck with.
  • The Dragons Come Back: A (sub)plot revolving around dragons or similar apex predators returning from exile/extinction.
  • Failed Dramatic Exit: A character storms off to show how pissed they are at someone, but the mood is ruined when the character has to return for an unrelated reason.
  • Heel–Face Return: A villain is reformed as soon as they make a comeback.
  • He's Back!: Character who has been in a depression snaps out of their funk and gets back in the game.
  • I Shall Return: The hero has to leave people who helped them in peril, but promises they will return to help them out soon.
  • The Magic Comes Back: In a setting where magic is established to have disappeared, the magic ends up returning.
  • Old Flame: Someone reunites with an old lover after years of the two not seeing each other.
  • Returning Big Bad: A previous Big Bad returns after a period of absence to reclaim their role.
  • Reunion Vow: Two people who leave each other vow that they'll somehow meet again later.
  • Rightful King Returns: The proper ruler comes back to fix everything after things have gone to hell in their absence.
  • Second Coming: Benevolent being returns to change the world for the better.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Character temporarily switches sides and is welcomed back as if nothing happened when he changes back to his original affiliation.
  • We Meet Again: Someone points out to their adversary that they've crossed paths again.
  • We Will Meet Again: A thwarted villain vows that he will return to have his revenge against the hero.