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* AFriendInNeed/AnimeAndManga
* [[AFriendInNeed/AnimatedFilms Films -- Animated]]
* [[AFriendInNeed/LiveActionFilms Films -- Live-Action]]
* AFriendInNeed/{{Literature}}
* AFriendInNeed/LiveActionTV
* AFriendInNeed/VideoGames
* AFriendInNeed/WebComics
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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': All the captains of Soul Society and the Vizards joined in the battle against Aizen to help out Ichigo and give him a chance to strike Aizen, letting him know right from the get go that [[YouAreNotAlone he wasn't alone in this fight]].
** When Rukia was taken back to Soul Society, Ichigo was determined to go rescue her. Same thing when Orihime got captured by Aizen.
** Also with Chad, who refused to fight a bunch of thugs and Ichigo came to help him.
---> '''Ichigo''': "All right. Let's do this, Chad. You keep doing your thing and don't fight for yourself. But fight for me and I will fight for you. If you ever put your life on the line to protect something, then I'll put my life on the line to protect it too."
* William from ''Manga/{{A Cruel God Reigns}}'' is this for Jeremy. He continues to be Jeremy's friend even when Jeremy [[CannotSpitItOut tells him strange stories about why his back is bleeding]], [[SanitySlippage acts bizarrely]], and [[SexForSolace makes moves on him]]. He is first one to notice Jeremy's strange behavior, have suspicions about what is [[RapeAsBackStory really going on with Jeremy]] without blaming him, and actively try to help him. William is also the one who convinces Jeremy to come back to school.
* ''Anime/DotHackSign'' [[spoiler: gives most of the main characters a moment or two like this]].
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'': Franz. He took his best friend's Albert's place in a duel with The Count, an event both knew would have negative outcomes. [[spoiler: Tragically, this [[HeroicSacrifice causes him to die during the duel]]; Albert is too late to stop it. Sucks]].
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - - Centric part of the plot for the whole show, more visible during both Chihaya's and Haruka's HeroicBSOD's.
** The game ''[[Videogame/TheIdolmaster2 THE iDOLM@STER 2]]'' also has its share.
* Izetta from ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'' choose to help protect her friend, Princess Finé's country from the Germanian soldiers even though her friend tells her to run away to safety.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'': Shin is the only character who always sticks by Yuu no matter what.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Used in a pretty dark way - [[spoiler:Rena killed a woman who tried to seduce her father for his money (and the woman's lover) and tried to hide it from her friends; however, when they discover the truth, they unanimously agree to help her dispose of the bodies]].[[note]]Hey, friends help you move. ''Real friends'' help you move bodies.[[/note]]
** In the same arc, [[spoiler:When Rena is affected by the same [[AxCrazy paranoid delusions]] Keiichi had fallen to in the first arc, the friends all group together to save her, rather than abandoning her to the [[DownerEnding unfortunate fate]] despite/because Keiichi knows that Rena had tried to save him risking her life before.]]
** In another arc, Shion [[spoiler:decides in Keiichi's place to go kill Satoko's uncle. When Keiichi fails to convince her out of it, he and Rena decide to go along to make sure she's all right and help in the murder]].
*** In case it's not too obvious, the "arc" of the entire series more or less happens to be [[spoiler: eternally repeating Groundhog Day-style loop]]
*** Also on a lighter note, the origins of the game club (revealed in the Festival Music chapter) were to [[spoiler: help the Hojo siblings cope with the crap they are put through. Partially successful.]]
* Pretty much the {{Aesop}} of the entire ''LightNovel/KokoroConnect'' series.
* The angel Tabris [[spoiler:Kaworu]] in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is poised to destroy mankind and basically unbeatable. Despite this [[spoiler:he gives Shinji a free opportunity to deny him his purpose and kill him, saving the human race, all because he loved Shinji and preferred that he survive.]]
** In the drafts of episode 24's script we learn [[spoiler:Kaworu was suicidal.]] [[HoldYourHippogriffs Kill two angel's with one stone?]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Mr. 2 Bon Kurei (real name Bentham, nickname Bon-chan). His every action outside of when he was part of a QuirkyMinibossSquad is motivated by feelings of friendship and prompts him to take risks even when he has no obligation to do so.
** In the Alabasta arc, he met and befriended the Straw Hat pirates for all of five minutes before being retrieved by his ship and discovering they were enemies. After the arc ended and they were no longer foes, Bon-chan helped the Straw Hats in their escape from a Marine blockade. While this part was somewhat self-serving since it helps his own escape prospects, when the Straw Hats risk it all to give a farewell to a friend, Bon Chan is so touched he ends up risking his own capture to ensure they can pull it off and get away.
** Later, during the "Meet Baroque" cover story arc, Bon Kurei gave his aid to Miss Goldenweek and Mr. 5's attempts to rescue Ms. Valentine and the other incarcerated Officer Agents of Baroque Works. This act ''does'' result in his capture and sentence to Level Three of [[TheAlcatraz Impel Down]].
** After getting out of his cell in the prison Impel Down, Bon-chan offers to help the currently intruding Luffy reach his destination because it coincides with is own goal. He suffers a moment of weakness here and leaves Luffy behind to face Chief Warden Magellan alone, but comes back to rescue Luffy afterward and helps find treatment for his severe poisoning from the loss. The cause for this moment of weakness is that he knows Magellan's reputation [[spoiler: and by the end of the arc, it was shown Magellan was powerful enough to simultaneously beat Luffy (''the main character''), some guy with a type advantage over Magellan's own abilities and several escaped prisoners armed with guns and '''cannons''']]. After shouting for seven hours straight for Luffy to recover quickly, Bon-chan is himself recovered in time for the breakout. However, [[spoiler: the only way the escaping prisoners can get past their final obstacle, The Gates of Justice, is if someone stays behind and opens them from within the prison. While Bon-chan successfully does this, he draws the full attention and killing intent of Magellan, who he promptly challenges '''alone''', with his own eulogy in the background, ]] all while declaring he has no regrets.
** In essence, this was how Luffy met or helped out his friends, gaining their loyalty. Zoro was about to executed by the marines when Luffy jumped in. He beat the tar out of Arlong for making Nami cry. He helped out Usopp because he saw that Usopp was determined to protect his village. He helped Sanji protect Zeff's resturant ship. He stopped Wapol and defended Chopper's pirate flag. Robin wanted to die, but Luffy saved her. He accepted Franky into his crew, despite being enemies earlier. And he gave companionship and freedom to Brook.
** This is Luffy in general. You don't even have to be one of his crew mates -- you just have to be a friend. Because for Luffy, that's always been enough.
* ''Anime/PrincessSarah'': Sarah and her friends, especially Ermengarde, Becky and Peter, have one of these moments almost every other episode.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Shiryu. Even though most of the Bronze Saints are ready to go to great length for one another, Shiryu seems particularly prone to that especially toward Seiya. The most memorable example would be Shiryu willing to bathe Seiya's Cloth with most of his blood, aware that it would cost his life, in order to repair it. Without his Cloth, Seiya would not have stood a chance to survive the threat he was facing at the time and thus Shiryu was willing to offer his life for a friend in need.
** Shiryu's biggest moment of this type was the fight against Perseus Algol, in which he BLINDS HIMSELF to be able to fight him out of his sheer determination to save his friends.
** Shun was willing to risk his life to revive Hyoga in the House of Libra.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': [[TheProtagonist Yuka's]] childhood/best friend, [[{{deuteragonist}} Satomi]], has fallen on hard times, ever since her parents died; leaving her to care for herself and [[IllGirl her brother, Daisuke]], on her own. [[PerpetualPoverty She barely earns enough to support them]], despite working two jobs, due to Daiskue's medical expenses. So she hasn't had time to spar with Yuka like she used to. This made her an easy target for [[NebulousEvilOrganization The Jahana Group]], who manipulates Satomi into entering the VG tournament. When Yuka becomes aware of the situation, she resolves to save her friend.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Comicbook/TheFlash. He was desperately worried about his dying wife, but he had to look after his two children -- until Arsenal cleverly brought his daughter to the League tower. This distracted the Flash's children enough so that Arsenal could look after them all, and Flash, after calling him a friend in need, could join his wife.

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': All the captains of Soul Society and the Vizards joined in the battle against Aizen to help out Ichigo and give him a chance to strike Aizen, letting him know right from the get go that [[YouAreNotAlone he wasn't alone in this fight]].
** When Rukia was taken back to Soul Society, Ichigo was determined to go rescue her. Same thing when Orihime got captured by Aizen.
** Also with Chad, who refused to fight a bunch of thugs and Ichigo came to help him.
---> '''Ichigo''': "All right. Let's do this, Chad. You keep doing your thing and don't fight for yourself. But fight for me and I will fight for you. If you ever put your life on the line to protect something, then I'll put my life on the line to protect it too."
* William from ''Manga/{{A Cruel God Reigns}}'' is this for Jeremy. He continues to be Jeremy's friend even when Jeremy [[CannotSpitItOut tells him strange stories about why his back is bleeding]], [[SanitySlippage acts bizarrely]], and [[SexForSolace makes moves on him]]. He is first one to notice Jeremy's strange behavior, have suspicions about what is [[RapeAsBackStory really going on with Jeremy]] without blaming him, and actively try to help him. William is also the one who convinces Jeremy to come back to school.
* ''Anime/DotHackSign'' [[spoiler: gives most of the main characters a moment or two like this]].
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'': Franz. He took his best friend's Albert's place in a duel with The Count, an event both knew would have negative outcomes. [[spoiler: Tragically, this [[HeroicSacrifice causes him to die during the duel]]; Albert is too late to stop it. Sucks]].
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - - Centric part of the plot for the whole show, more visible during both Chihaya's and Haruka's HeroicBSOD's.
** The game ''[[Videogame/TheIdolmaster2 THE iDOLM@STER 2]]'' also has its share.
* Izetta from ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'' choose to help protect her friend, Princess Finé's country from the Germanian soldiers even though her friend tells her to run away to safety.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'': Shin is the only character who always sticks by Yuu no matter what.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Used in a pretty dark way - [[spoiler:Rena killed a woman who tried to seduce her father for his money (and the woman's lover) and tried to hide it from her friends; however, when they discover the truth, they unanimously agree to help her dispose of the bodies]].[[note]]Hey, friends help you move. ''Real friends'' help you move bodies.[[/note]]
** In the same arc, [[spoiler:When Rena is affected by the same [[AxCrazy paranoid delusions]] Keiichi had fallen to in the first arc, the friends all group together to save her, rather than abandoning her to the [[DownerEnding unfortunate fate]] despite/because Keiichi knows that Rena had tried to save him risking her life before.]]
** In another arc, Shion [[spoiler:decides in Keiichi's place to go kill Satoko's uncle. When Keiichi fails to convince her out of it, he and Rena decide to go along to make sure she's all right and help in the murder]].
*** In case it's not too obvious, the "arc" of the entire series more or less happens to be [[spoiler: eternally repeating Groundhog Day-style loop]]
*** Also on a lighter note, the origins of the game club (revealed in the Festival Music chapter) were to [[spoiler: help the Hojo siblings cope with the crap they are put through. Partially successful.]]
* Pretty much the {{Aesop}} of the entire ''LightNovel/KokoroConnect'' series.
* The angel Tabris [[spoiler:Kaworu]] in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is poised to destroy mankind and basically unbeatable. Despite this [[spoiler:he gives Shinji a free opportunity to deny him his purpose and kill him, saving the human race, all because he loved Shinji and preferred that he survive.]]
** In the drafts of episode 24's script we learn [[spoiler:Kaworu was suicidal.]] [[HoldYourHippogriffs Kill two angel's with one stone?]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Mr. 2 Bon Kurei (real name Bentham, nickname Bon-chan). His every action outside of when he was part of a QuirkyMinibossSquad is motivated by feelings of friendship and prompts him to take risks even when he has no obligation to do so.
** In the Alabasta arc, he met and befriended the Straw Hat pirates for all of five minutes before being retrieved by his ship and discovering they were enemies. After the arc ended and they were no longer foes, Bon-chan helped the Straw Hats in their escape from a Marine blockade. While this part was somewhat self-serving since it helps his own escape prospects, when the Straw Hats risk it all to give a farewell to a friend, Bon Chan is so touched he ends up risking his own capture to ensure they can pull it off and get away.
** Later, during the "Meet Baroque" cover story arc, Bon Kurei gave his aid to Miss Goldenweek and Mr. 5's attempts to rescue Ms. Valentine and the other incarcerated Officer Agents of Baroque Works. This act ''does'' result in his capture and sentence to Level Three of [[TheAlcatraz Impel Down]].
** After getting out of his cell in the prison Impel Down, Bon-chan offers to help the currently intruding Luffy reach his destination because it coincides with is own goal. He suffers a moment of weakness here and leaves Luffy behind to face Chief Warden Magellan alone, but comes back to rescue Luffy afterward and helps find treatment for his severe poisoning from the loss. The cause for this moment of weakness is that he knows Magellan's reputation [[spoiler: and by the end of the arc, it was shown Magellan was powerful enough to simultaneously beat Luffy (''the main character''), some guy with a type advantage over Magellan's own abilities and several escaped prisoners armed with guns and '''cannons''']]. After shouting for seven hours straight for Luffy to recover quickly, Bon-chan is himself recovered in time for the breakout. However, [[spoiler: the only way the escaping prisoners can get past their final obstacle, The Gates of Justice, is if someone stays behind and opens them from within the prison. While Bon-chan successfully does this, he draws the full attention and killing intent of Magellan, who he promptly challenges '''alone''', with his own eulogy in the background, ]] all while declaring he has no regrets.
** In essence, this was how Luffy met or helped out his friends, gaining their loyalty. Zoro was about to executed by the marines when Luffy jumped in. He beat the tar out of Arlong for making Nami cry. He helped out Usopp because he saw that Usopp was determined to protect his village. He helped Sanji protect Zeff's resturant ship. He stopped Wapol and defended Chopper's pirate flag. Robin wanted to die, but Luffy saved her. He accepted Franky into his crew, despite being enemies earlier. And he gave companionship and freedom to Brook.
** This is Luffy in general. You don't even have to be one of his crew mates -- you just have to be a friend. Because for Luffy, that's always been enough.
* ''Anime/PrincessSarah'': Sarah and her friends, especially Ermengarde, Becky and Peter, have one of these moments almost every other episode.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Shiryu. Even though most of the Bronze Saints are ready to go to great length for one another, Shiryu seems particularly prone to that especially toward Seiya. The most memorable example would be Shiryu willing to bathe Seiya's Cloth with most of his blood, aware that it would cost his life, in order to repair it. Without his Cloth, Seiya would not have stood a chance to survive the threat he was facing at the time and thus Shiryu was willing to offer his life for a friend in need.
** Shiryu's biggest moment of this type was the fight against Perseus Algol, in which he BLINDS HIMSELF to be able to fight him out of his sheer determination to save his friends.
** Shun was willing to risk his life to revive Hyoga in the House of Libra.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': [[TheProtagonist Yuka's]] childhood/best friend, [[{{deuteragonist}} Satomi]], has fallen on hard times, ever since her parents died; leaving her to care for herself and [[IllGirl her brother, Daisuke]], on her own. [[PerpetualPoverty She barely earns enough to support them]], despite working two jobs, due to Daiskue's medical expenses. So she hasn't had time to spar with Yuka like she used to. This made her an easy target for [[NebulousEvilOrganization The Jahana Group]], who manipulates Satomi into entering the VG tournament. When Yuka becomes aware of the situation, she resolves to save her friend.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

Books]]
* Comicbook/TheFlash.Franchise/TheFlash. He was desperately worried about his dying wife, but he had to look after his two children -- until Arsenal cleverly brought his daughter to the League tower. This distracted the Flash's children enough so that Arsenal could look after them all, and Flash, after calling him a friend in need, could join his wife.



** Twice Samaritan goes out of his way to offer help to a superpowered character who doesn't want to either fight or commit crime.

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** Twice Twice, Samaritan goes out of his way to offer help to a superpowered character who doesn't want to either fight or commit crime.



[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'':
** At the Snugly Duckling, [[spoiler:the hook-handed thug shows them the escape tunnel. Later, all of them, and Maximus, come to break Flynn out of prison.]]
** At the city, Flynn recruits three girls with elaborately braided hair, and they help Rapunzel with her hair.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'':
** The fireflies that guide them through the bayou, and Ray continues to help.
** Charlotte helps Tiana clean up at her party, even though the prince has just arrived and she has always dreamed of marrying one. [[spoiler:At the end, she's willing to kiss Naveen to let him marry Tiana, and seems genuinely upset that it didn't work.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'': Buster Moon is at his lowest point, with his dream [[spoiler: theater]] being destroyed and being forced to do what his father did to earn that money. That would be to use his koala body to wash cars. Eddie, [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob whose rich enough to waste his life doing nothing]], willingly joins in being humiliated by using his sheep wool to dry the cars to help his friend.
-->'''Eddie''': You know what's great about hitting rockbottom? There's only one way left to go, and that's up!
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', Silver intervenes when the crew turn on Jim. And Jim grabs Silver's lifeline before he's tossed from the ship.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph, tracking down Vanellope after she robbed him, finds the other drivers beating her up and comes to her aid.
* The Disney version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' has a song about this, performed by four friendly singing vultures to a depressed Mowgli. They do flee when Shere Kahn turns up, but during the fight they also swoop in and harass the tiger, so it's not like they were lying.

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
[[folder:Music]]
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'':
** At
"Lean on Me", by Bill Withers. The lyrics are shown in the Snugly Duckling, [[spoiler:the hook-handed thug shows them the escape tunnel. Later, all of them, and Maximus, illustration on this page.
* "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, from ''Music/BridgeOverTroubledWater''
--> ''I'm on your side/When times get rough/And friends just can't be found''
* "You've Got A Friend" by Music/CaroleKing from ''Music/{{Tapestry}}''
-->''You just call out my name''\\
''And you know wherever I am''\\
''I'll
come running to break Flynn out of prison.]]
** At
see you again''
* "Black Saturday" by Music/{{Soundgarden}} takes this in morbid ways. The narrator remembers all
the city, Flynn recruits three girls with elaborately braided hair, and they help Rapunzel with her hair.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'':
** The fireflies that guide them through the bayou, and Ray continues to help.
** Charlotte helps Tiana clean up at her party, even though the prince has just arrived and she has always dreamed of marrying one. [[spoiler:At the end, she's willing to kiss Naveen to let him marry Tiana, and seems genuinely upset that it didn't work.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'': Buster Moon is at
time his lowest point, with his dream [[spoiler: theater]] being destroyed and being forced to do what his father did to earn that money. That would be to use his koala body to wash cars. Eddie, [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob whose rich enough to waste his life doing nothing]], willingly joins friend helped him, while also asking if he could provide a MercyKill in being humiliated by using his sheep wool to dry the cars to help his friend.
-->'''Eddie''': You know what's great about hitting rockbottom? There's only one way left to go, and that's up!
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', Silver intervenes
case he becomes a really inept person when old.
* "Hey Brother" by Avicii:
-->''Oh, if
the crew turn on Jim. And Jim grabs Silver's lifeline before he's tossed from the ship.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph, tracking down Vanellope after she robbed him, finds the other drivers beating her up and
sky comes to her aid.
falling down for you''\\
''There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do''
* The Disney version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' has a song Music/CherLloyd's "Oath" is all about this, performed by four friendly singing vultures to especially these lines:
-->''Wherever you go, just always remember''\\
''That you got
a depressed Mowgli. They do flee when Shere Kahn turns up, but during the fight they also swoop in home for now and harass the tiger, so it's not like they were lying.forever''\\
''And if you get low, just call me whenever''\\
''This is my [[TitleDrop oath]] to you''



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/DieHard'': In the first movie, the only person to believe John was the policeman Al, who didn't even ''know'' the guy.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', the climax of the movie shows the entire town coming to rally around George Bailey.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' and ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' do this a lot with Holmes and Watson.
* ''Film/{{Newsies}}'': This triggers Jack's change of heart after [[spoiler: abandoning the strike; when he sees his friend David and SatelliteLoveInterest Sarah being threatened by Pulitzer's goons, he weighs in to help them, knowing that he's sacrificing the cushy position Pulitzer promised him.]]
* ''Film/TropicThunder'': Rick Peck [[spoiler: Went all the way to Vietnam to personally give Tugg a [=TiVo=] and save him from the Flaming Dragons.]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** When it mattered most, Jack Sparrow came through for [[spoiler: Will Turner in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third film]]-- he sacrificed his chance at immortality to save Will's life.]]
*** And then he does it ''again'' to save Angelica in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth film]].
** Earlier, in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second movie]], Jack [[spoiler: came back to the Black Pearl to help fight the Kraken after first abandoning the crew to save his own skin.]]
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Julio does everything he can to help Max after he's been irradiated, from taking care of him, to unhesitatingly offering him his savings even though they both know it's not enough to get him to Elysium, to joining him on the job he takes for Spider in exchange for help getting to Elysium. [[spoiler: Sadly, it costs him his life.]]
* ''Film/TheSchoolgirlsDiary''. Everyone looks out for each other in the socialist utopia of UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, which is why Su-ryeon's neighbors build and install a new chimney for her family's house after the old chimney collapses.
* In ''Film/TheDuff'', almost as if to prove that they truly consider Bianca a friend, despite her rejecting them, Jess and Casey hack into youtube and delete Bianca's mannequin dance video.
* ''Film/SchindlersList'': Oskar Schindler is a [[{{Greed}} greedy]] [[ReallyGetsAround womanizer]] [[OnlyInItForTheMoney who has little issue using German racial prejudice against the jews to make a quick buck]] by using them as cheap labor outsourced from German concentration camps. [[TheCharmer He's charming]] but also a spendthrift who doesn't have a mind for business, (he flat out admits the only reason he's making money now is that what with profiteering off the war, it's essentially impossible not to) and leaves the management of his enamelware factory to his more shrewd-minded jewish accountant Itzhak Stern, becoming fabulously wealthy. The jews begin to look up to Schindler, who treats them humanely and is [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure the only authority figure around]] who isn't TheSociopath. The camp is eventually shut down, and Schindler plans on leaving since he already has more money than he could ever spend in a lifetime. But the jews who work in his factory are soon to be deported to Auschwitz, where they will certainly be massacred. The next day, Schindler has Stern type up the titular 'list' with the names of all his workers on it, telling him that he is relocating them all to a munitions factory he's building in his hometown. Itzhak openly wonders how Schindler convinced Commandant Goeth to let them go... and then it dawns on him that Schindler has spent '''everything he has''' buying them from him. Stern calls the list an 'absolute good,' awed by such an act of pure, unadulterated love and compassion.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/DieHard'': In the first movie, the only person to believe John was the policeman Al, who didn't even ''know'' the guy.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', the climax of the movie shows the entire town coming to rally around George Bailey.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' and ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' do this a lot with Holmes and Watson.
* ''Film/{{Newsies}}'': This triggers Jack's change of heart after [[spoiler: abandoning the strike; when he sees his friend David and SatelliteLoveInterest Sarah being threatened by Pulitzer's goons, he weighs in to help them, knowing that he's sacrificing the cushy position Pulitzer promised him.]]
* ''Film/TropicThunder'': Rick Peck [[spoiler: Went all the way to Vietnam to personally give Tugg a [=TiVo=] and save him from the Flaming Dragons.]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** When it mattered most, Jack Sparrow came through for [[spoiler: Will Turner in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third film]]-- he sacrificed his chance at immortality to save Will's life.]]
*** And then he does it ''again'' to save Angelica in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth film]].
** Earlier, in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second movie]], Jack [[spoiler: came back to the Black Pearl to help fight the Kraken after first abandoning the crew to save his own skin.]]
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Julio does everything he can to help Max after he's been irradiated, from taking care of him, to unhesitatingly offering him his savings even though they both know it's not enough to get him to Elysium, to joining him on the job he takes for Spider in exchange for help getting to Elysium. [[spoiler: Sadly, it costs him his life.]]
* ''Film/TheSchoolgirlsDiary''. Everyone looks out for each other in the socialist utopia of UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, which is why Su-ryeon's neighbors build and install a new chimney for her family's house after the old chimney collapses.
[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''Film/TheDuff'', almost as if ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'', Carmen feels small, lost, and rudderless -- Winslow offers to prove that they truly consider Bianca a friend, despite carry her rejecting them, Jess for a time -- and Casey hack into youtube and delete Bianca's mannequin dance video.
* ''Film/SchindlersList'': Oskar Schindler is a [[{{Greed}} greedy]] [[ReallyGetsAround womanizer]] [[OnlyInItForTheMoney who has little issue using German racial prejudice against the jews to make a quick buck]] by using them as cheap labor outsourced from German concentration camps. [[TheCharmer He's charming]] but also a spendthrift who doesn't have a mind for business, (he flat out admits the only reason he's making money now is that what with profiteering off the war, it's essentially impossible not to) and leaves the management of his enamelware factory to his more shrewd-minded jewish accountant Itzhak Stern, becoming fabulously wealthy. The jews begin to look up to Schindler, who treats them humanely and is [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure the only authority figure around]] who isn't TheSociopath. The camp is eventually shut down, and Schindler plans on leaving since he already has more money than he could ever spend in a lifetime. But the jews who work in his factory are soon to be deported to Auschwitz, where they will certainly be massacred. The next day, Schindler has Stern type up the titular 'list' with the names of all his workers on it, telling him that he is relocating them all to a munitions factory he's building in his hometown. Itzhak openly wonders how Schindler convinced Commandant Goeth to let them go... and then it dawns on him that Schindler has spent '''everything he has''' buying them from him. Stern calls the list an 'absolute good,' awed by such an act of pure, unadulterated love and compassion.
she feels ''big.''



[[folder:Literature]]

* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''His Last Command'', when Gaunt and his team are brought before a tribunal on suspicion of being Chaos-tainted, Ludd volunteers to defend them. Although he is a junior commissiar, he knows no one else will and that they will assigned someone who hates them if he doesn't.
** In ''Blood Pact'', when Dalin Criid delivers a report, Hark knows there's another reason because it doesn't take two and he can see Merrt in the hall behind him. Merrt tells Hark that he came for moral support.
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolfblade'', while Ragnar awaits his TrialOfTheMysticalJury, his friend Sven stays with him, grousing about the injustice, until their old teacher Ranek comes to send him away, saying his loyalty does him credit but might harm him. Then Ranek explains that he will defend Ragnar, that he volunteered to do so, and that he believes he is not Chaos-tainted.
* At the end of Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', when Cain is awaiting the judgment of the tribunal, the colonel and XO of his regiment wait with him.
* A few times in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/HorusHeresy novels:
** In ''Galaxy in Flames'', Tarvitz realizes that the ship following him is under the command of a [[FireForgedFriends friend]], Garro, and appeals to him, [[spoiler:telling him of Horus's treacherous attack. Garro shoots down his pursuers, and then begs him to [[IGaveMyWord assure him that he told the truth]].]]
** In ''Betrayer'', when Angron is buried under dozens of meters of rubble, Lorgar teleports there and starts to dig him out despite being under heavy attack, thus beginning the two's OddFriendship.
** In ''Scars'', Leman tries to invoke it on Jaghatai when under Alpha Legion's attack, but by this point, the Khan doesn't know who's loyal and who's a traitor and all but ignores him in favour of going to Prospero to find out.
** Also in ''Scars'', Jaghatai promises Horus that he'll always help him, but ends up breaking that promise when Horus goes traitor.
* In ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' when Holmes is ill, Watson is the one who helps him out, and when Watson is shot, [[BigBrotherInstinct guess who helps him out and keeps him safe?]] Yeah, that's right. Holmes is the one who's helping out Watson.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', when Shasta tells the horse that he really needs someone who could tell him whether the nobleman is evil, Bree reveals his speech to tell him that he is. Which gives Bree the opening to suggest that they could run away together.
** Later, when they meet Aravis and Hwin, Aravis reveals that Hwin stopped her [[DrivenToSuicide from killing herself]] before ''their'' decision to run away together.
* In Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** In ''Death Masks'', when Harry needs a second, Charity, although she despises him, truthfully says that Michael would have helped him, and Shiro volunteers to fill the role. Later, [[spoiler:Shiro voluntarily takes Harry's place as Nicomedus's prisoner]].
** In ''Dead Beat'', Harry hears Billy and Georgia talking: Billy wants to help Harry, but Georgia is afraid that his trouble is too big for them, and so they would end up hindering him instead.
** And in ''Proven Guilty'', Murphy comes along to help him pull a BigDamnHeroes moment [[spoiler:even though she's in the middle of leading an investigation and got demoted from head of SI to sergeant for disappearing.]]
** As of ''Changes'' [[spoiler: his friends all show up to help him when he needs it. Not all of them make it out, and Murphy at best is getting a half pay retirement.]]
** ''Ghost Story'' [[spoiler: shows that there were further consequences. Molly's injury left her with a limp, and she's not all there, thanks to being a sensitive who went into battle, surrounded by the psychic effects of death and black magic, not to mention the bloodline curse.]]
** In ''Cold Days'' [[spoiler: every single one of his allies spends at least a few minutes chewing him out, using varying degrees of subtlety, for thinking they would abandon him just because he became the Winter Knight.]]
** In ''Skin Game'' has a domino effect of this.
*** Now retired paladin Michael Carpenter sees Harry and Karrin [[spoiler: about to be killed in front of his lawn, and despite his crippling injury, offers to come out if Nicodemus would stop his attack]]. Harry and and Karrin plead to him to not do this, but he does so because they are friends.
*** During the same scene, he openly calls ArchangelUriel his friend. Uriel is bound by many Laws that keep him from messing with freewill and people's choices. [[spoiler:What Uriel can do is help Michael in fulfilling a Choice Michael has already made and loans Michael his literal Grace of God, restoring Michael to full health. And if Michael abuses this Power while holding it, it will cause Uriel to Fall]].
*** Because of the above scenes, Waldo Butters [[spoiler:is helping protect Michael's home and when Harry goes down and Charity held by Nicodemus' crew, to be forced to watch as Nicodemus burns the house down with all her children and friends inside. Butters makes a choice to sacrifice himself not to stop them completely, just buy time until other help can get there. His faith in Right overcoming Wrong combined with the other acts of Faith Harry and others make that night, allows for a Divine Aide to appear and sends Nicodemus fleeing]].
* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', two of Harriet's friends stick by her through the trial.
** In ''Gaudy Night'', after Harriet has defended his detecting -- even if he does it for fun, he does do it, and many people have reason to thank him -- and another woman brings up a neighbor who had helped with her drains for nothing because he liked working with them.
* Ron and Hermione in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', who repeatedly risk their lives out of loyalty to Harry when they could easily choose to go about their normal teenaged lives instead. In Ron's case, he's willing to make a HeroicSacrifice on Harry's behalf as early as the first book.
** The Marauders (Harry's father and his best friends) all support their friend [[spoiler:Lupin instead of spurning him when they find out about his furry little problem (he's a werewolf)]].
* In Nick Kyme's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/{{Salamanders}}'', Daki'er, when troubled by his discovery of an artifact, appeals to Ba'ken to forget that he is his sergeant and speak to him as his friend; Ba'ken tells him that it does seem that he was [[BecauseDestinySaysSo intended to find it]] and touches his arm in support.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Gods of Mars]]'', when Xador loses favor because of his defeat at John Carter's hands, all his erstwhile friends fail this utterly, much to Carter's horror. Carter therefore intervenes on his behalf.
-->''My blood was up. For minutes it had been boiling at the cowardly treatment they had been according this once powerful comrade because he had fallen from the favour of Issus. I had no love for Xodar, but I cannot stand the sight of cowardly injustice and persecution without seeing red as through a haze of bloody mist, and doing things on the impulse of the moment that I presume I never should do after mature deliberation.''
** Later, when a companion proposes a way to escape, John Carter says he can't leave Xodar, and his companion agrees that recapture would be better than deserting a comrade.
** Still later, Kantos Kan, Carter's FireForgedFriends from ''A Princess Of Mars'', pledges his support to Carter after hearing a death sentence on him. Fortunately, this inspires the crowds.
** In ''The Chessman of Mars'', when Tara is on trial as a [[{{Necromancer}} Corphal]], U-Thor advises her:
--->''"Yet you do not deny the accusation," said O-Tar.\\
"It is not worthy the dignity of a denial," she responded haughtily.\\
"And I were you, woman," said a deep voice at her side, "I should, nevertheless, deny it."\\
Tara of Helium turned to see the eyes of U-Thor, the great jed of Manatos, upon her. Brave eyes they were, but neither cold nor cruel. O-Tar rapped impatiently upon the arm of his throne. "U-Thor forgets," he cried, "that O-Tar is the jeddak."\\
"U-Thor remembers," replied the jed of Manatos, "that the laws of Manator permit any who may be accused to have advice and counsel before their judge."''
** In ''A Fighting Man of Mars'', when Tan Hadron has been condemned to The Death, his fellow prisoner Nur An condoles with him and tells him they will suffer together. Tan Hadron encourages him, reminding him they aren't dead yet.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Glenda and Trev both stick up for Nutt. Trev, in fact, tells Ridcully that Nutt is his friend, and he won't stand for him being hurt.
* In ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'',
** Christopher Robin pretends to believe that Pooh is a cloud to try to fool the bees and shoots down the balloon to get Pooh away from the bees.
** Christopher Robin reads to Pooh when he's stuck in Rabbit's front door.
** Pooh and Christopher Robin go to rescue Piglet in the flood, and Owl, well-intentioned, goes to encourage him with news that rescue is coming and tell him a story to divert his attention (accidentally endangering as it nearly puts Piglet to sleep and causes him to slip into the flood, but he meant well).
** Pooh helps Tigger find something to eat.
** Tigger goes to rescue Rabbit when he's lost in the mist.
** Piglet volunteers his home for Owl to live in after Owl's is destroyed.
** Pooh says Piglet would come live with him if he lost his home.
* In Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', Charles Darnay returns to France to save the man who had adminstered his estates while he lived in England; and, of course, Sydney Carton.
* In Creator/WenSpencer's ''Endless Blue'', Mikhail recalls such moments between him and Turk: Turk's stopping him from committing suicide, and his attacking a man who had hurt Turk, because Turk had bitten the man, and by attacking, he ensured that this was not just a matter of a Red attacking a human.
* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/ThirteenthChild'', William comes to visit Eff every day when she is recovering from rheumatic fever.
* In ''Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry'', David Logan [[spoiler: sacrifices the cotton crop by setting it on fire, to distract the lynch mob from going after TJ. The cotton crop was the only thing generating income for the family at the time. His wife had lost her teaching job (at the fault of TJ), he was unable to return to his railway job because of an injury. Also, this takes place in the 30's. ]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Hammer, David Logan's brother, who lived and worked in the North, had previously been shown to making enough money to buy a Packard car, the same type as a wealthy white family in the area possess. When he receives word about his family's financial difficulties and the ''immediate'' need to pay the mortgage (courtesy of a particularly nasty white who wanted the land), he sells the car for the necessary money.]]
* In Creator/KennethGrahame's ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', Badger, Rattie and Mole set out to prevent Toad's insane obsession with cars from ruining him. He escapes their attention by convincing Mole that he needs a doctor. Later, they help him reclaim Toad Hall.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Return Of The King]]'', Faramir overrules the healers in this much: Éowyn can go walk in the garden and look east.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Phoenix Exultant]]'', assistance by the Old Woman of the Sea, Harrier, and various Neputanians keeps Phaethon alive and gets him to his ship.
* In John C. Wright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' -- the children for each other, all the time. Plus:
** Lelaps, [[TheyHaveTheScent set to track them]], deliberately leads pursuit away.
** [[spoiler:Hermes]] offers to Amelia to assist them. They wisely do not trust him but have to get his help.
** Romus helps against Mrs Wren and leaves Amelia and Quentin with [[ItWasAGift gifts]].
** Miss Daw can not fail to warn Boggins if they try to escape, but she does overlook everything that is not an escape attempt, and dallies when she must tell him. At her request, [[spoiler:Corus]] also lets Amelia escape.
** Sam picks up Amelia when she tries to hitchhike. She [[TakingTheBullet jumps in front of him]] when [[spoiler:Corus]] shoots.
** The ship picks them up in the middle of the sea. Victor weighs whether to help the ship even at the price of risking the universe because of this assistance; Colin refuses to ''not'' help. And when Amelia goes off to save them all, Vanity and Colin come after her.
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', when Roger escapes the attack on his life, he deduces that Donna has also been targeted. He goes to her, finds the [[ArtInitiatesLife paintings brought to life]] [[HauntedHouse haunting her]], and when this triggers an attack, gets her away safely.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'', when Johnny realizes Bigmac has seen his friends crash the car they stole, he is running after him before he even thinks; he stops Bigmac from getting too close.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'', [[spoiler:Astreus]] toward Mephisto, though it takes Miranda a while to figure out how, and then how badly he paid for it.
** In ''Prospero Regained'', the siblings are always having to rescue each other. And come through.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Hot Water'', Packy sets out to help Jane and Blair Eggleston out of fellow feeling another pair of lovers. Later, Soup Slattery does something because among his few principles is to never let down a pal.
** Helping friends is also [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster's]] ''[[GratuitousFrench raison d'être]]'', which provides the plots of most of his stories.
** This is also how, in the JeevesAndWooster stories, Gussie met Madeline: she went for a walk, and he helped her with a thorn.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Lucian quickly goes to help Lindsey when he realizes she needs it, without having met her first.
* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', when Rose is thrown out of the meeting where the WitchHunt is started, she resolves that nothing can stop her from helping Mae.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/MichaelOHalloran'', Douglas, in the opening, intervenes when Mickey is about to fight a boy twice his size for cheating him, and makes the other boy cough up the money. Shortly thereafter, Mickey takes in the crippled girl Peaches to prevent her going to the OrphanageOfFear.
* In Creator/DevonMonk's Literature/AllieBeckstrom book ''Magic to the Bone'', Zayvion does this, repeatedly, for Allie, such as giving her money for a taxi. She is suspicious of motives, though his working for her father does give her some reason.
* In Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/PaulSinclair series, most of the junior officers will stick together, as when they attend Wakeman's trial to provide moral support during Sinclair's testimony.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Literature/AWorldCalledMaanerek", Smit thinks he is being this when he suggests that Wanen could watch a woman being lobotomized, have the first chance to rape her, and then throw her out the airlock when she was used up -- "tension release" as the Hegemony puts it. Wanen feels an "illogical resentment" for it, and then realizes that he's insane.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Jill The Reckless'', Freddie thinks he is being this when he goes to the train station where Derek is meeting his mother.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheFourLoves'', he notes that friends not only help each other but don't care afterwards. "[[ThinkNothingOfIt Don't mention it]]" expresses what they really feel.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', the birch that saves Smith from the wind.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', many people from the coffeehouse help out Sunshine after the kidnapping. [[spoiler:Constantine also helps cure her; when Yolanda confirms that he had done so, she is willing to take it as proof of his friendliness, even though he's a vampire.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', Wiglaf goes to help Beowulf against the dragon.
* In ''Literature/RavenorVsEisenhorn'', [[spoiler:Deathrow]] appears to save Judika from the warblind in the hollow ays.
* Winds up being serious [[spoiler:subverted]] in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with Tyrion and Bronn. Bronn made a point of warning Tyrion just after they met that he was interested in money, not in risking his neck for no benefit to himself. Three books later, when they've become close -- Bronn saving Tyrion's life several times, Tyrion using his influence to get Bronn more wealth and power than he could have ever dreamed of -- Tyrion finds himself in desperate need of a champion to help prove his innocence in a trial that is rigged against him. Bronn winds up [[spoiler: turning him down, reminding him that he did, in fact, make the nature of their relationship clear right up front. Tyrion has to settle for A Brother In Need instead.]]
* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, Ivan to Tej and Rish -- sheltering them in his apartment and then staging a fake marriage to protect them. The consequences for him snowball. [[spoiler:When they are trapped underground, Tej is glad she can be there for him because their situation brings back painful memories for him.]]
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DrawOneInTheDark'', Tom knows he can't leave Kyrie to fight alone, because she helped him -- and [[CommonalityConnection because they are both shifters]].
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs The Junior Super Patriots'', Velma to Yelena when they were both new to the superhero stuff.
* In Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'', Madame Karitska provides advice and guidance to many people at crucial moments.
** At one point, she advises Mr. Faber-Jones to come to the hospital and sit with [[spoiler:Lt. Pruden]] while he recovers, because his father is too ill to do so. He does.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'',
** Kilda, despite needing it herself, is unable to deny food to the creature dogging her steps because she had just learned it may need to reverse a BalefulPolymorph. She throws it some and runs away.
** Later, she hears someone calling names and realizes she can then escape. After that, the creature, more man-like, is able to confirm that he had returned the favor.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Roane helps the kidnapped princess. Later, realizing she can never return to her own people if she goes, she nonetheless goes to help rescue Nelis Imfray.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', the fox appeals to Troy, and he helps the kinkajou.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', when Shann is scouting for supplies on the downed ship, a Throg attacks him. He is aided by a thrown rock by a survivor from the human ship.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Turan uses the last of his strength to save Ziantha from being trapped in D'Eyree's death.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', Eet saves Jern and the captive patrolman from the Guild; he points out to the Patrolman that he was lucky that Eet and Jern have an alliance, since he had to rescue both of them.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', Puck helps Jenny escape as the cottage is swallowed up the forest.
* In Creator/JulieKagawa's ''Literature/TheIronKing'',
** Meghan frees the ogre Grumley in return for his help.
** When Shard makes a counter-offer, Grumley refuses to attack his friends.
** The packrats assist Meghan.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has a community of [[StarvingArtist starving artists]] in Toronto, most of them poor and generally unsuccessful. When Blake, the local {{Handyman}}, finds himself threatened by supernatural forces due to his inheritance (and is [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies convinced to actually tell them what's going on]]), all of them pitch in to help out, in spite of his warnings that people are trying to kill him and [[FateWorseThanDeath worse.]]
* ''Literature/{{Thinner}}'': When his wife fails to believe he is cursed (and in fact conspires with a local doctor to commit him to a Mental Institution should he return home), Billy turns to [[TheDon Richie Ginelli]], a Mafioso who he is acquainted with. Richie sends Billy a doctor, then shows up himself to wreak havoc on the Gypsies until they agree to lift the curse. [[spoiler: He dies for his troubles, but accepted that fact beforehand.]]
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'': Grantaire can't do anything to prevent Enjolras from getting shot by the Army, but he ''can'' stand by him so that he doesn't have to [[DyingAlone die alone]].
* ''Literature/UrbanDragon''
** In Mark of the Dragon, [[KingOfTheHomeless Homeless Mayor]] Mike Jones lets Rosario and Arkay hide in the homeless camp and sleep in his tent when they're running from a [[Necromancer]], despite the fact that they got thrown out previously because of Arkay's anger issues.
** [[HomelessHero Rosario]] found a starving, deathly ill dragon and spent every last penny she had to nurse it back to health. Now it's her BFF and bodyguard.
* Towards the end of ''Gauntlgrym'' from ''Literature/TheNeverwinterSaga'' [[spoiler: Jarlaxle]] of all people ''jumps into the maw of an erupting volcano'' to rescue [[spoiler: Arthogate]]. This would have been a HeroicSacrifice if not for [[spoiler: him being crafty enough to save both of their skins in the last moment]].

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* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''His Last Command'', when Gaunt and his team are brought before a tribunal on suspicion of being Chaos-tainted, Ludd volunteers to defend them. Although he is a junior commissiar, he knows no one else will and that they will assigned someone who hates them if he doesn't.
** In ''Blood Pact'', when Dalin Criid delivers a report, Hark knows there's another reason because it doesn't take two and he can see Merrt in the hall behind him. Merrt tells Hark that he came for moral support.
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolfblade'', while Ragnar awaits his TrialOfTheMysticalJury, his friend Sven stays
''Theatre/TimonOfAthens'' plays with him, grousing about the injustice, until their old teacher Ranek comes to send him away, saying his loyalty does him credit but might harm him. Then Ranek explains that he will defend Ragnar, that he volunteered to do so, and that he believes he is not Chaos-tainted.
* At the end of Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', when Cain is awaiting the judgment of the tribunal, the colonel and XO of his regiment wait with him.
* A few times in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/HorusHeresy novels:
** In ''Galaxy in Flames'', Tarvitz realizes that the ship following him is under the command of a [[FireForgedFriends friend]], Garro, and appeals to him, [[spoiler:telling him of Horus's treacherous attack. Garro shoots down his pursuers, and then begs him to [[IGaveMyWord assure him that he told the truth]].]]
** In ''Betrayer'', when Angron is buried under dozens of meters of rubble, Lorgar teleports there and starts to dig him out despite being under heavy attack, thus beginning the two's OddFriendship.
** In ''Scars'', Leman tries to invoke it on Jaghatai when under Alpha Legion's attack, but by
this point, the Khan doesn't know who's loyal and who's a traitor and all but ignores him in favour of going trope. Timon is very generous to Prospero to find out.
** Also in ''Scars'', Jaghatai promises Horus that he'll always help him, but ends up breaking that promise when Horus goes traitor.
* In ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' when Holmes is ill, Watson is the one who helps him out, and when Watson is shot, [[BigBrotherInstinct guess who helps him out and keeps him safe?]] Yeah, that's right. Holmes is the one who's helping out Watson.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', when Shasta tells the horse that he really needs someone who could tell him whether the nobleman is evil, Bree reveals his speech to tell him that he is. Which gives Bree the opening to suggest that they could run away together.
** Later, when they meet Aravis and Hwin, Aravis reveals that Hwin stopped her [[DrivenToSuicide from killing herself]] before ''their'' decision to run away together.
* In Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** In ''Death Masks'', when Harry needs a second, Charity, although she despises him, truthfully says that Michael would have helped him, and Shiro volunteers to fill the role. Later, [[spoiler:Shiro voluntarily takes Harry's place as Nicomedus's prisoner]].
** In ''Dead Beat'', Harry hears Billy and Georgia talking: Billy wants to help Harry, but Georgia is afraid that his trouble is too big for them, and so they would end up hindering him instead.
** And in ''Proven Guilty'', Murphy comes along to help him pull a BigDamnHeroes moment [[spoiler:even though she's in the middle of leading an investigation and got demoted from head of SI to sergeant for disappearing.]]
** As of ''Changes'' [[spoiler:
his friends all show up to help him when he needs it. Not all of them make it out, and Murphy at best is getting a half pay retirement.]]
** ''Ghost Story'' [[spoiler: shows that there were further consequences. Molly's injury left her with a limp, and she's not all there, thanks to being a sensitive who went into battle, surrounded by
the psychic effects of death and black magic, not to mention the bloodline curse.]]
** In ''Cold Days'' [[spoiler: every single one of his allies spends at least a few minutes chewing him out, using varying degrees of subtlety, for thinking they would abandon him just because he became the Winter Knight.]]
** In ''Skin Game'' has a domino effect of this.
*** Now retired paladin Michael Carpenter sees Harry and Karrin [[spoiler: about to be killed in front of his lawn, and despite his crippling injury, offers to come out if Nicodemus would stop his attack]]. Harry and and Karrin plead to him to not do this, but he does so because they are friends.
*** During the same scene, he openly calls ArchangelUriel his friend. Uriel is bound by many Laws that keep him from messing with freewill and people's choices. [[spoiler:What Uriel can do is help Michael in fulfilling a Choice Michael has already made and loans Michael his literal Grace of God, restoring Michael to full health. And if Michael abuses this Power while holding it, it will cause Uriel to Fall]].
*** Because
start of the above scenes, Waldo Butters [[spoiler:is helping protect Michael's home and when Harry goes down and Charity held by Nicodemus' crew, to be forced to watch as Nicodemus burns the house down with all her children and friends inside. Butters makes a choice to sacrifice himself not to stop them completely, just buy time until other help play-- he gives one friend money so he can get there. His faith in Right overcoming Wrong combined with the other acts of Faith Harry married, and others make that night, allows for a Divine Aide to appear and sends Nicodemus fleeing]].
* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', two of Harriet's friends stick by her through the trial.
** In ''Gaudy Night'', after Harriet has defended his detecting -- even if he does it for fun, he does do it, and many people have reason to thank him -- and
bails another woman brings up a neighbor who had helped with her drains for nothing because he liked working with them.
* Ron and Hermione in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', who repeatedly risk their lives
friend out of loyalty to Harry when they could easily choose to go about their normal teenaged lives instead. In Ron's case, he's willing to make a HeroicSacrifice on Harry's behalf as early as the first book.
** The Marauders (Harry's father and his best friends) all support their friend [[spoiler:Lupin instead of spurning him when they find out about his furry little problem (he's a werewolf)]].
* In Nick Kyme's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/{{Salamanders}}'', Daki'er, when troubled by his discovery of
an artifact, appeals to Ba'ken to forget that he is his sergeant and speak to him as his friend; Ba'ken tells him that it does seem that he was [[BecauseDestinySaysSo intended to find it]] and touches his arm in support.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Gods of Mars]]'', when Xador loses favor because of his defeat at John Carter's hands, all his erstwhile friends fail this utterly, much to Carter's horror. Carter therefore intervenes on his behalf.
-->''My blood was up. For minutes it had been boiling at the cowardly treatment they had been according this once powerful comrade because he had fallen from the favour of Issus. I had no love for Xodar, but I cannot stand the sight of cowardly injustice and persecution without seeing red as through a haze of bloody mist, and doing things on the impulse of the moment that I presume I never should do after mature deliberation.''
** Later, when a companion proposes a way to escape, John Carter says he can't leave Xodar, and his companion agrees that recapture would be better than deserting a comrade.
** Still later, Kantos Kan, Carter's FireForgedFriends from ''A Princess Of Mars'', pledges his support to Carter after hearing a death sentence on him. Fortunately, this inspires the crowds.
** In ''The Chessman of Mars'', when Tara is on trial as a [[{{Necromancer}} Corphal]], U-Thor advises her:
--->''"Yet you do not deny the accusation," said O-Tar.\\
"It is not worthy the dignity of a denial," she responded haughtily.\\
"And I were you, woman," said a deep voice at her side, "I should, nevertheless, deny it."\\
Tara of Helium turned to see the eyes of U-Thor, the great jed of Manatos, upon her. Brave eyes they were, but neither cold nor cruel. O-Tar rapped impatiently upon the arm of his throne. "U-Thor forgets," he cried, "that O-Tar is the jeddak."\\
"U-Thor remembers," replied the jed of Manatos, "that the laws of Manator permit any who may be accused to have advice and counsel before their judge."''
** In ''A Fighting Man of Mars'', when Tan Hadron has been condemned to The Death, his fellow prisoner Nur An condoles with him and tells him they will suffer together. Tan Hadron encourages him, reminding him they aren't dead yet.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Glenda and Trev both stick up for Nutt. Trev, in fact, tells Ridcully that Nutt is his friend, and he won't stand for him being hurt.
* In ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'',
** Christopher Robin pretends to believe that Pooh is a cloud to try to fool the bees and shoots down the balloon to get Pooh away from the bees.
** Christopher Robin reads to Pooh when he's stuck in Rabbit's front door.
** Pooh and Christopher Robin go to rescue Piglet in the flood, and Owl, well-intentioned,
execution sentence. When Timon goes to encourage him with news that rescue is coming and tell him a story to divert his attention (accidentally endangering as it nearly puts Piglet to sleep and causes him to slip into the flood, but he meant well).
** Pooh helps Tigger find something to eat.
** Tigger goes to rescue Rabbit when he's lost in the mist.
** Piglet volunteers his home for Owl to live in after Owl's is destroyed.
** Pooh says Piglet would come live with him if he lost his home.
* In Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', Charles Darnay returns to France to save the man who had adminstered his estates while he lived in England; and, of course, Sydney Carton.
* In Creator/WenSpencer's ''Endless Blue'', Mikhail recalls such moments between him and Turk: Turk's stopping him from committing suicide, and his attacking a man who had hurt Turk, because Turk had bitten the man, and by attacking, he ensured that this was not just a matter of a Red attacking a human.
* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/ThirteenthChild'', William comes to visit Eff every day when she is recovering from rheumatic fever.
* In ''Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry'', David Logan [[spoiler: sacrifices the cotton crop by setting it on fire, to distract the lynch mob from going after TJ. The cotton crop was the only thing generating income for the family at the time. His wife had lost her teaching job (at the fault of TJ), he was unable to return to his railway job because of an injury. Also, this takes place in the 30's. ]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Hammer, David Logan's brother, who lived and worked in the North, had previously been shown to making enough money to buy a Packard car, the same type as a wealthy white family in the area possess. When he receives word about his family's financial difficulties and the ''immediate'' need to pay the mortgage (courtesy of a particularly nasty white who wanted the land), he sells the car for the necessary money.]]
* In Creator/KennethGrahame's ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', Badger, Rattie and Mole set out to prevent Toad's insane obsession with cars from ruining him. He escapes their attention by convincing Mole that he needs a doctor. Later, they help him reclaim Toad Hall.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Return Of The King]]'', Faramir overrules the healers in this much: Éowyn can go walk in the garden and look east.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Phoenix Exultant]]'', assistance by the Old Woman of the Sea, Harrier, and various Neputanians keeps Phaethon alive and gets him to his ship.
* In John C. Wright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' -- the children for each other, all the time. Plus:
** Lelaps, [[TheyHaveTheScent set to track them]], deliberately leads pursuit away.
** [[spoiler:Hermes]] offers to Amelia to assist them. They wisely do not trust him but have to get his help.
** Romus helps against Mrs Wren and leaves Amelia and Quentin with [[ItWasAGift gifts]].
** Miss Daw can not fail to warn Boggins if they try to escape, but she does overlook everything that is not an escape attempt, and dallies when she must tell him. At her request, [[spoiler:Corus]] also lets Amelia escape.
** Sam picks up Amelia when she tries to hitchhike. She [[TakingTheBullet jumps in front of him]] when [[spoiler:Corus]] shoots.
** The ship picks them up in the middle of the sea. Victor weighs whether to help the ship even at the price of risking the universe because of this assistance; Colin refuses to ''not'' help. And when Amelia goes off to save them all, Vanity and Colin come after her.
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', when Roger escapes the attack on his life, he deduces that Donna has also been targeted. He goes to her, finds the [[ArtInitiatesLife paintings brought to life]] [[HauntedHouse haunting her]], and when this triggers an attack, gets her away safely.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'', when Johnny realizes Bigmac has seen
bankrupt, you expect his friends crash the car to repay their debt, but [[SubvertedTrope they stole, he don't]]. This act of betrayal is running after him before he even thinks; he stops Bigmac from getting too close.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'', [[spoiler:Astreus]] toward Mephisto, though it takes Miranda
so great Timon [[MaddenedIntoMisanthropy becomes a while to figure out how, misanthropic hermit]] and then how badly he paid for it.
** In ''Prospero Regained'', the siblings are always having to rescue each other. And come through.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Hot Water'', Packy sets out to help Jane and Blair Eggleston out of fellow feeling another pair of lovers. Later, Soup Slattery does something because among his few principles is
swears to never let down a pal.
** Helping friends is also [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster's]] ''[[GratuitousFrench raison d'être]]'', which provides the plots of most of his stories.
** This is also how, in the JeevesAndWooster stories, Gussie met Madeline: she went for a walk, and he helped her with a thorn.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Lucian quickly goes
be kind to help Lindsey when he realizes she needs it, without having met her first.
* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', when Rose is thrown out of the meeting where the WitchHunt is started, she resolves that nothing can stop her from helping Mae.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/MichaelOHalloran'', Douglas, in the opening, intervenes when Mickey is about to fight a boy twice his size for cheating him, and makes the other boy cough up the money. Shortly thereafter, Mickey takes in the crippled girl Peaches to prevent her going to the OrphanageOfFear.
* In Creator/DevonMonk's Literature/AllieBeckstrom book ''Magic to the Bone'', Zayvion does this, repeatedly, for Allie, such as giving her money for a taxi. She is suspicious of motives, though his working for her father does give her some reason.
* In Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/PaulSinclair series, most of the junior officers will stick together, as when they attend Wakeman's trial to provide moral support during Sinclair's testimony.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Literature/AWorldCalledMaanerek", Smit thinks he is being this when he suggests that Wanen could watch a woman being lobotomized, have the first chance to rape her, and then throw her out the airlock when she was used up -- "tension release" as the Hegemony puts it. Wanen feels an "illogical resentment" for it, and then realizes that he's insane.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Jill The Reckless'', Freddie thinks he is being this when he goes to the train station where Derek is meeting his mother.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheFourLoves'', he notes that friends not only help each other but don't care afterwards. "[[ThinkNothingOfIt Don't mention it]]" expresses what they really feel.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', the birch that saves Smith from the wind.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', many people from the coffeehouse help out Sunshine after the kidnapping. [[spoiler:Constantine also helps cure her; when Yolanda confirms that he had done so, she is willing to take it as proof of his friendliness, even though he's a vampire.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', Wiglaf goes to help Beowulf against the dragon.
* In ''Literature/RavenorVsEisenhorn'', [[spoiler:Deathrow]] appears to save Judika from the warblind in the hollow ays.
* Winds up being serious [[spoiler:subverted]] in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with Tyrion and Bronn. Bronn made a point of warning Tyrion just after they met that he was interested in money, not in risking his neck for no benefit to himself. Three books later, when they've become close -- Bronn saving Tyrion's life several times, Tyrion using his influence to get Bronn more wealth and power than he could have
anyone ever dreamed of -- Tyrion finds himself in desperate need of a champion to help prove his innocence in a trial that is rigged against him. Bronn winds up [[spoiler: turning him down, reminding him that he did, in fact, make the nature of their relationship clear right up front. Tyrion has to settle for A Brother In Need instead.]]
* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, Ivan to Tej and Rish -- sheltering them in his apartment and then staging a fake marriage to protect them. The consequences for him snowball. [[spoiler:When they are trapped underground, Tej is glad she can be there for him because their situation brings back painful memories for him.]]
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DrawOneInTheDark'', Tom knows he can't leave Kyrie to fight alone, because she helped him -- and [[CommonalityConnection because they are both shifters]].
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs The Junior Super Patriots'', Velma to Yelena when they were both new to the superhero stuff.
* In Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'', Madame Karitska provides advice and guidance to many people at crucial moments.
** At one point, she advises Mr. Faber-Jones to come to the hospital and sit with [[spoiler:Lt. Pruden]] while he recovers, because his father is too ill to do so. He does.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'',
** Kilda, despite needing it herself, is unable to deny food to the creature dogging her steps because she had just learned it may need to reverse a BalefulPolymorph. She throws it some and runs away.
** Later, she hears someone calling names and realizes she can then escape. After that, the creature, more man-like, is able to confirm that he had returned the favor.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Roane helps the kidnapped princess. Later, realizing she can never return to her own people if she goes, she nonetheless goes to help rescue Nelis Imfray.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', the fox appeals to Troy, and he helps the kinkajou.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', when Shann is scouting for supplies on the downed ship, a Throg attacks him. He is aided by a thrown rock by a survivor from the human ship.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Turan uses the last of his strength to save Ziantha from being trapped in D'Eyree's death.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', Eet saves Jern and the captive patrolman from the Guild; he points out to the Patrolman that he was lucky that Eet and Jern have an alliance, since he had to rescue both of them.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', Puck helps Jenny escape as the cottage is swallowed up the forest.
* In Creator/JulieKagawa's ''Literature/TheIronKing'',
** Meghan frees the ogre Grumley in return for his help.
** When Shard makes a counter-offer, Grumley refuses to attack his friends.
** The packrats assist Meghan.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has a community of [[StarvingArtist starving artists]] in Toronto, most of them poor and generally unsuccessful. When Blake, the local {{Handyman}}, finds himself threatened by supernatural forces due to his inheritance (and is [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies convinced to actually tell them what's going on]]), all of them pitch in to help out, in spite of his warnings that people are trying to kill him and [[FateWorseThanDeath worse.]]
* ''Literature/{{Thinner}}'': When his wife fails to believe he is cursed (and in fact conspires with a local doctor to commit him to a Mental Institution should he return home), Billy turns to [[TheDon Richie Ginelli]], a Mafioso who he is acquainted with. Richie sends Billy a doctor, then shows up himself to wreak havoc on the Gypsies until they agree to lift the curse. [[spoiler: He dies for his troubles, but accepted that fact beforehand.]]
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'': Grantaire can't do anything to prevent Enjolras from getting shot by the Army, but he ''can'' stand by him so that he doesn't have to [[DyingAlone die alone]].
* ''Literature/UrbanDragon''
** In Mark of the Dragon, [[KingOfTheHomeless Homeless Mayor]] Mike Jones lets Rosario and Arkay hide in the homeless camp and sleep in his tent when they're running from a [[Necromancer]], despite the fact that they got thrown out previously because of Arkay's anger issues.
** [[HomelessHero Rosario]] found a starving, deathly ill dragon and spent every last penny she had to nurse it back to health. Now it's her BFF and bodyguard.
* Towards the end of ''Gauntlgrym'' from ''Literature/TheNeverwinterSaga'' [[spoiler: Jarlaxle]] of all people ''jumps into the maw of an erupting volcano'' to rescue [[spoiler: Arthogate]]. This would have been a HeroicSacrifice if not for [[spoiler: him being crafty enough to save both of their skins in the last moment]].
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* [[TheChampion Simon Tam's]] rescue of [[TheWoobie his sister]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. One of the best examples ever. As it happens both TheGovernment and her parents who were supposed to protect her, betrayed her. And her big brother did not.
** "I didn't think you'd come for me." "Well you're a dummy".
** "You take care of me, Simon. You always take care of me. [[YouShallNotPass My turn.]]"
** Don't you dare forget that Simon stood beside her on that pyre!
** And of course, the whole crew coming to rescue Simon and River from that pyre in the TropeNamer for BigDamnHeroes.
** The whole crew storming into Nishka's fortress to rescue Mal without a moment's hesitation.
** Mal protects his old war-buddy from an evil Alliance official in ''The Message''. [[spoiler: Even though he had just mortally wounded said buddy when he tried to take one of Mal's crew hostage out of desperation.]] [[{{Determinator}} When you can't walk you crawl]], and when you can't do that... you find someone to carry you.
** Mal comes to Inara's aid in ''Serenity'' even knowing it was a trap, because he knew she wouldn't ask him into a trap unless she were already caught in it herself.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Concern for his friend Robert's safety is a major motivation for Ned to accept the office of King's Hand as Ned read a letter sent by Lysa Arryn that accuses the Lannisters of killing Jon Arryn and plotting to kill Robert Baratheon. This letter was sent to him by Lysa, on Littlefinger's behest, to specifically invoke this trope.
** Podrick refuses to betray Tyrion in exchange for a knighthood, even though the alternative is likely persecution.
** Averted when Bronn jumps ship the minute he gets a better offer, just like he always said he would.
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stiles doesn't waver when his best friend goes through his...wolfish tendencies. He offers support and stands by his side even when he tried to kill him in one of his transformations. So far, he's TheConfidant and the SecretKeeper to Scott.
** HiddenDepths: Stiles is also seen somewhat frustrated with Scott at times, particularly in "The Tell" when he's got things to tell him, but Scott doesn't have his phone on.
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', after Ianto deceived them all, nearly killing them all, by hiding a Cyberman whom he did not realize was no longer the woman he loved, and the Cyberman was killed, Ianto grieved. Much to his surprise, Jack touched his arm in a gesture of support.
* Sarah and Series/{{Chuck}} unhesitatingly went rogue to try and help their partner Casey when they thought he'd been falsely accused of treason.
** Similarly, Casey has covered for Sarah and Chuck with Beckman more than once when they bent the rules.
** In defense of Chuck, his [[HeterosexualLifePartners best buddy]] Morgan attempted to attack a {{ninja}} in the pilot. Said ninja promptly beat the crap out of him, but it's the thought that counts.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the ''Enterprise'' crew often risk their lives to help a fellow member. In "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", Kirk was willing to disobey a direct order from Starfleet to help Spock get to Vulcan, fortunately Spock's family matriarch pulls some strings to make sure the Captain is not in trouble. In "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E24TurnaboutIntruder Turnabout Intruder]]", Spock was the first one to believe that Kirk was in another body and defended him when the imposter tried to kill Kirk. In "The Empath", Mc Coy knocked out both Kirk and Spock so that they won't be subjected to a torture that would either kill them or leave them insane and he would be chosen instead of them.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', when Sherlock is with a serial killer and [[spoiler:is on the verge of taking one of the (purportedly) poisoned pills the man had been using to kill his victims, John arrives and [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoots the killer through the window from the next building]]]].
** Sherlock returns the favor in the second episode by [[spoiler:saving John and his date Sarah when they're captured by the Black Lotus.]]
** John does the same thing when said gangster tries to kill BOTH Sarah and Sherlock, despite being tied to a chair at the time. Things end badly for the gangster.
** And again when the professional killer grabs Sherlock in a headlock in an attempt to strangle him or snap his neck.
** In the third episode, when the BigBad is strapping innocent people to bombs as part of his mind games with Sherlock, John [[WhatTheHellHero calls Sherlock out]] for not caring that there are lives at stake. Sherlock shrugs this off, reasoning that caring about people won't help save them, so he won't make the mistake of doing so. Then [[spoiler:[[ItsPersonal John gets strapped to a bomb]]. Guess who decides to [[NotSoStoic start caring]]]]?
** And when John's life is threatened in the series two finale, guess who has to fake their death for him?
** And when John is thrown in a bonfire- Sherlock gets him out of it.
** Also, he ''does'' shoot Magnusson when John's being screwed with, as well as Mary. Which, in turn, screwed things up for him.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines]]'', when another man is hassling Polly, [[TheDulcineaEffect Ben tells him to stop and does not retreat from a fight.]] (Polly starts [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike complaining]], but Dodo urges that he was only trying to help.) Then the Doctor shows up looking for Dodo, and Ben stays with them until they close shop, and continues to be involved in the adventure for no more reason than that they need help.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': When Monica is stung by a jellyfish Chandler, going above and beyond the call of duty, pees on her to stop the pain. Not only does this disgust their other friends but kills his chances of ever becoming 'boyfriend material' in her eyes. [[spoiler: Or so it appears at the time]]. Joey also tries to help but gets stage fright.
* From ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam's gone off to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unknowingly break the last seal]] and Dean's been put on ice by the angels. His only hope is to convince his one angelic ally Castiel to help him out.
* The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has Apollo and Boomer help clear Starbuck's name in one episode, "Murder on the Rising Star". [[spoiler:Starbuck was framed for murder of his rival Ortega by Baltar's former pilot, Karibdis.]]
* Series/StarskyAndHutch are willing to go out of their own ways to help each other when each is shot, poisoned or even framed for murder.

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* [[TheChampion Simon Tam's]] rescue of [[TheWoobie his sister]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. One of the best examples ever. As it happens both TheGovernment and her parents who were supposed to protect her, betrayed her. And her big brother did not.
** "I didn't think you'd come for me." "Well you're a dummy".
** "You take care of me, Simon. You always take care of me. [[YouShallNotPass My turn.]]"
** Don't you dare forget that Simon stood beside her on that pyre!
** And of course, the whole crew coming to rescue Simon and River from that pyre in the TropeNamer for BigDamnHeroes.
** The whole crew storming into Nishka's fortress to rescue Mal without a moment's hesitation.
** Mal protects his old war-buddy from an evil Alliance official in ''The Message''. [[spoiler: Even though he had just mortally wounded said buddy when he tried to take one of Mal's crew hostage out of desperation.]] [[{{Determinator}}
When you can't walk you crawl]], and when you can't do that... you find someone to carry you.
** Mal comes to Inara's aid in ''Serenity'' even knowing it was a trap, because he knew she wouldn't ask him into a trap unless she were already caught in it herself.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Concern for his friend Robert's safety is a major motivation for Ned to accept the office of King's Hand as Ned read a letter sent by Lysa Arryn that accuses the Lannisters of killing Jon Arryn and plotting to kill Robert Baratheon. This letter was sent to him by Lysa, on Littlefinger's behest, to specifically invoke this trope.
** Podrick refuses to betray Tyrion in exchange
somebody starts sabotaging Ella's entry for a knighthood, even though the alternative is likely persecution.
** Averted when Bronn jumps ship the minute he gets
competition to win a better offer, just like he always said he would.
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stiles doesn't waver when his best friend goes through his...wolfish tendencies. He offers support and stands by his side
prestigious internship in ''WebVideo/UniversityEverAfter'', all of Ella's friends pitch in to help her, even when he tried to kill him in one of his transformations. So far, he's TheConfidant and the SecretKeeper to Scott.
** HiddenDepths: Stiles is also seen somewhat frustrated with Scott at times, particularly in "The Tell" when he's got things to tell him, but Scott doesn't have his phone on.
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', after Ianto deceived them all, nearly killing them all, by hiding a Cyberman whom he did not realize was no longer the woman he loved, and the Cyberman was killed, Ianto grieved. Much to his surprise, Jack touched his arm in a gesture of support.
* Sarah and Series/{{Chuck}} unhesitatingly went rogue to try and help their partner Casey when they thought he'd been falsely accused of treason.
** Similarly, Casey has covered for Sarah and Chuck with Beckman more than once when they bent the rules.
** In defense of Chuck, his [[HeterosexualLifePartners best buddy]] Morgan attempted to attack a {{ninja}} in the pilot. Said ninja promptly beat the crap out of him, but it's the thought that counts.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the ''Enterprise'' crew often risk their lives to help a fellow member. In "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", Kirk was willing to disobey a direct order from Starfleet to help Spock get to Vulcan, fortunately Spock's family matriarch pulls some strings to make sure the Captain is not in trouble. In "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E24TurnaboutIntruder Turnabout Intruder]]", Spock was the first one to believe that Kirk was in another body and defended him when the imposter tried to kill Kirk. In "The Empath", Mc Coy knocked out both Kirk and Spock so that they won't be subjected to a torture that would either kill them or leave them insane and he would be chosen instead of them.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', when Sherlock is with a serial killer and [[spoiler:is on the verge of taking one of the (purportedly) poisoned pills the man had been using to kill his victims, John arrives and [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoots the killer through the window from the next building]]]].
** Sherlock returns the favor in the second episode by [[spoiler:saving John and his date Sarah when they're captured by the Black Lotus.]]
** John does the same thing when said gangster tries to kill BOTH Sarah and Sherlock, despite being tied to a chair at the time. Things end badly for the gangster.
** And again when the professional killer grabs Sherlock in a headlock in an attempt to strangle him or snap his neck.
** In the third episode, when the BigBad is strapping innocent people to bombs as part of his mind games with Sherlock, John [[WhatTheHellHero calls Sherlock out]] for not caring that there are lives at stake. Sherlock shrugs this off, reasoning that caring about people won't help save them, so he won't make the mistake of doing so. Then [[spoiler:[[ItsPersonal John gets strapped to a bomb]]. Guess who decides to [[NotSoStoic start caring]]]]?
** And when John's life is threatened in the series two finale, guess who has to fake their death for him?
** And when John is thrown in a bonfire- Sherlock gets him out of it.
** Also, he ''does'' shoot Magnusson when John's being screwed with, as well as Mary. Which, in turn, screwed things up for him.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines]]'', when another man is hassling Polly, [[TheDulcineaEffect Ben tells him to stop and does not retreat from a fight.]] (Polly
sabotager starts [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike complaining]], but Dodo urges that he was only trying to help.) Then the Doctor shows up looking for Dodo, and Ben stays with them until they close shop, and continues to be involved in the adventure for no more reason than that they need help.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': When Monica is stung by a jellyfish Chandler, going above and beyond the call of duty, pees on her to stop the pain. Not only does this disgust their other friends but kills his chances of ever becoming 'boyfriend material' in her eyes. [[spoiler: Or so it appears at the time]]. Joey also tries to help but gets stage fright.
* From ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam's gone off to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unknowingly break the last seal]] and Dean's been put on ice by the angels. His only hope is to convince his one angelic ally Castiel to help him out.
* The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has Apollo and Boomer help clear Starbuck's name in one episode, "Murder on the Rising Star". [[spoiler:Starbuck was framed for murder of his rival Ortega by Baltar's former pilot, Karibdis.]]
* Series/StarskyAndHutch are willing to go out of their own ways to help each other when each is shot, poisoned or even framed for murder.
blackmailing them.



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* "Lean on Me", by Bill Withers. The lyrics are shown in the illustration on this page.
* "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, from ''Music/BridgeOverTroubledWater''
--> ''I'm on your side/When times get rough/And friends just can't be found''
* "You've Got A Friend" by Music/CaroleKing from ''Music/{{Tapestry}}''
-->''You just call out my name''\\
''And you know wherever I am''\\
''I'll come running to see you again''
* "Black Saturday" by Music/{{Soundgarden}} takes this in morbid ways. The narrator remembers all the time his friend helped him, while also asking if he could provide a MercyKill in case he becomes a really inept person when old.
* "Hey Brother" by Avicii:
-->''Oh, if the sky comes falling down for you''\\
''There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do''

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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* "Lean After an argument with [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny]], Sam inadvertently wished they never met, causing a nearby LiteralGenie to grant it; Danny ends up losing his powers and memories of her. With a ghost on Me", the loose, Sam goes to great lengths to [[AmnesiaDanger restore Danny back to normal]], struggling since she only has herself to pull the whole thing off, not to mention Danny's great reluctance. He's grateful by Bill Withers. end.
*
The lyrics are shown in the illustration on this page.
* "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, from ''Music/BridgeOverTroubledWater''
--> ''I'm on your side/When times get rough/And friends just can't be found''
* "You've Got A
song, "A True, True Friend" by Music/CaroleKing from ''Music/{{Tapestry}}''
-->''You just call out my name''\\
''And you know wherever I am''\\
''I'll come running to see you again''
* "Black Saturday" by Music/{{Soundgarden}} takes
the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Season 3 finale is basically all about this in morbid ways. The narrator remembers all trope. [[spoiler:In order to break the time his destiny switching spell, Twilight has her friends help each other out and rediscover what their true destinies are in the process]].
--> '''Mane Six''': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GJ3FDYPxw4k A true true
friend helped him, while also asking if he could provide helps a MercyKill friend in case he becomes a really inept person when old.
* "Hey Brother" by Avicii:
-->''Oh, if the sky comes falling down for you''\\
''There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do''
need.]]



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* In ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'', Carmen feels small, lost, and rudderless -- Winslow offers to carry her for a time -- and she feels ''big.''

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* In ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'', Carmen feels small, lost, According to many [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdNBCa8v1rg YouTube videos]], The United States towards Japan.
* Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli recommends this in ''The Prince''. It is tempting to sit on the sidelines or try to claim neutrality if an ally is attacked, but doing this (rightly) makes you look weak
and rudderless -- Winslow offers to carry her for a time -- and she feels ''big.''unreliable.




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* ''Theatre/TimonOfAthens'' plays with this trope. Timon is very generous to his friends at the start of the play-- he gives one friend money so he can get married, and bails another friend out of an execution sentence. When Timon goes bankrupt, you expect his friends to repay their debt, but [[SubvertedTrope they don't]]. This act of betrayal is so great Timon [[MaddenedIntoMisanthropy becomes a misanthropic hermit]] and swears to never be kind to anyone ever again.

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* Chris and Jill in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil''. In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', Chris even abandons his original mission with Sheva to [[spoiler: search for Jill when he finds out she may not actually be dead]].
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': Phoenix Wright became a lawyer because of this trope. Never mind that said friend is someone Phoenix knew for eight months in grade school, and that he doesn't necessarily even ''want'' Phoenix's help in the first place.
* Aeka's route in ''Yume Miru Kusuri'' focuses on this. Kouhei starts as the only person who will speak to her. [[spoiler:Except Kouhei ''still'' doesn't stand up for her until about 90% of the way through her route because he simply doesn't want to make trouble for himself. The rest of the class is even worse.]]
* The rationale behind the various Loyalty Missions in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', ''VideoGame/{{Dragon Age|Origins}}'', and ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Examples include:
** Helping Neeshka prove she is the best thief in the city by breaking into the secure mansion of a famous art collector.
** Getting Bastila and her mother to reconcile their differences.
** Reuniting Thane Krios with his son.
** Getting Alistair in touch with his only remaining family.
** Helping Jolee's old war buddy with a murder charge.
** Helping Garrus track down the traitor who sold out his team to the people who killed them all.
** Killing Flemeth to ensure Morrigan doesn't [[BodySurf become her next victim]].
** Helping Khelgar complete his lifelong quest to become a monk.
** As Shepard stands right on the edge of a HeroicBSOD and the DespairEventHorizon through the entirety of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', his/her squad, particularly Garrus and Liara, attempt to return the favor to by providing reassurance and support in order to keep him/her sane and from crossing the horizon completely.
*** At the end of ''Mass Effect 3: Citadel'', both Shepard and [[spoiler: his/her clone]] are knocked onto the open ramp of the ''Normandy'' shuttle bay. Without hesitation, Shepard's squad races forward to help them back up, whereas TheDragon [[KnowWhenToFoldEm decides to just let her boss die]]. Foreshadowed by one of Shepard's comments earlier:
-->'''Shepard:''' "You don't have [[TrueCompanions a team]], you have [[{{Mooks}} minions]]! ''[[MookHorrorShow And you're running out]].''"
* Also the climax of VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, in which Garius tries to get several party members to betray you. Some of them even listen to him, if you were mean to them. [[SociopathicHero Qara]] is especially hard to keep on your side, especially if you've been getting along with [[DeadpanSnarker Sand]].
** At the Betrayer's Gate in Mask of the Betrayer, you can set down a LineInTheSand for your entire party. If you treated them well, nobody refuses.
* The scene immediately after TheReveal in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', if you play it right. [[spoiler:After Carth expresses his extreme doubts about your loyalty, you can ask each and every one of your crew if they will stand with you, and all of them back you up.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', all your party members will one by one confront the [[EldritchAbomination Transcendent]] [[BigBad One]] and refuse its offer to betray the Nameless One and even attempt to put up a desperate fight against the monster.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the whole gang goes off to rescue Yuna from her marriage to Seymour, despite pretty much effectively declaring war on the Yevon church.
* When [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Sora]] was about to be attacked by Riku, Goofy and Donald Duck stepped in, essentially breaking their promise to their king to stand by the one who held the Keyblade, which at this point, Riku had.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' - Cesar leading Carl to the [[WhamEpisode Wham Mission]] is what solidifies the friendship between the two.
* ''VisualNovel/FadingHearts'' revolves around this trope, with Ryou trying to help his friends Claire and Rina with their problems. Claire's {{Jerkass}} boyfriend is [[DomesticAbuse verbally abusing]] her, while Rina's behaviour is becoming more evasive, making Ryou wonder what is really happening.
* In ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'', Elena keeps coming to Nate's rescue despite their prickly relationship, and [[spoiler:almost gets killed by a grenade for her trouble]]. [[BettyAndVeronica Compare her to Chloe]], the sex kitten love interest of this instalment, who [[spoiler:repeatedly gets the hell out of dodge and saves her own skin rather than stick around and help Nate]].
* Ursaring from ''PokeParkWii'' says this after Glalie offers him shelter from the cold.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' one of the added adventures is Geralt repaying Dandelion's debt to a gangster precisely because Dandelion is one of his true, through-thick-and-thin friends.
* This is a recurring theme in the fan-game ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales''. Especially with the main character Kyuu. He makes it clear that he will stick with his friends until they save Rakenzarn from magical disasters called the plagues, in spite of the fact that he is not from this world. During the game, when he's [[spoiler:sent back in his world while the plague hasn't been destroyed, the player can make him choose to go back to Rakenzarn to help his friends.]] Choosing to [[spoiler:not go back]] leads to a NonStandardGameOver.

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* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', the guru asks to borrow money from the tortoise, and when the tortoise [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/172/ refuses]], then feels [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/173/ enormous guilt]], and changes his mind.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd swallows his longstanding fear of being called girly to support Susan in her cause by crossdressing at school.
** One should note that crossdressing in this case meant ''wearing a vest''. He didn't go all out and wear the skirt, which leads one to wonder if the hecklers were overreacting ''just a tad''.
* Many instances in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
** In Chapter 3: ''Reynardine'', [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=36 Annie throws Winsbury, who was bullying Kat]].
** In Chapter 8: ''Broken Glass And Other Things'', [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=130 The faeries consider this a possibility]].
*** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=144 Kat rescues Annie]].
** In Chapter 12: ''Mainly Involves Robots'', [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=208 Antimony thinks she should find out what happened to Robot]]
** In Chapter 13: ''A Week For Kat'', in the teeth of the GreenEyedMonster, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=250 Annie does it again]].
** In Chapter 22: ''Ties'', a young Eglamore [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=542 stands up for a friend]]. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=547 "A noble act can not be dismissed."]]
** In Chapter 29: ''A Bad Start'', a robot [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=747 consoles another robot after a rude treatment]].
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'':
** Felicity saves Alex from the dungeons.
** They save Felicity from the Kraken.
** [[http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/the-dreamland-chronicles/chapter-08/page-468/ Saving her from studies. So to speak]]
* ''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion'', [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-04-page-47-dragos-of-despair-brilight-of-hope Brilight saves Xeus in the nick of time from Dragos]]
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010808 Zero]]
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', The most common situation where Mike and Paulo aren't rubbing each other the wrong way.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/191 Killing zombies together]]
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'': [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/fromyou/ Katherine helping Monica]]
* Webcomic/EvilDiva: [[http://www.evildivacomics.com/?p=69 to a girl without lunch money]],[[http://www.evildivacomics.com/?p=81 to a kitten]] -- in spite of the trouble she gets into.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'', [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/140.htm the blue-cloaked stranger pays for Meela]].
** [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/152.htm how he met Feral]]
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib080.html Anyone willing can come through me first]] -- and Mac's willing to fight, too.
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', after your dreams have crashed and burned -- [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00210.html why not let a little girl actually have a dance?]] and [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00211.html more after you?]]
** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00223.html And after your boyfriend has to be sent to the hospital to stop his violence, true friends will prevent your visiting him.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2010/04/01/issue-3-webpage-21/ Kyri promises Cole to be there when the power runs out.]]
** In the BackStory [[http://endstone.net/comic/4-21-2/ Jon implored this from Kyri when they first met.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'':
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2807 Slick provides shelter]], and [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2814 is rewarded.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3638 Baby Blue warns Fuschia in time for her not to get caught by Satan]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4039 Fuschia tries to cheer up Baby Blue.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4029 Monique shows Tangerine how shoes go]] -- though she does expect Tangerine to reciporate. Then, those are Monique's shoes.
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4040 Tangerine checks up on Lil Evil's shoes.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3891 Bros.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4099 After some temptation not to]], [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4100 Squigley comes through]].
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4105 Tea for the distraught.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4054 Seymour reacts strongly to the possibility of Lil E's being harmed.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3525 Bubbha to Slick's laptop.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4191 The Storytime Zombie tries to protect Fuchsia.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4480 Squigley soliticiously checks if Slick needs help,]] after he spots the MirrorMonster.
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4499 Tangerine and Lil' E tackle Death and tell 2012 to run.]]
** Baby Blue, [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4609 despite her rage at Monique's presence]], [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4611 helps Monique escape]].
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4771 Monqiue assures Absinthe that she would notice if she vanished.]]
** Lil' E plays BigDamnHeroes [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4772 when the drones attack the angels.]]
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'',
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-9/ A gorgon fills them in strange behavior.]]
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-11/ The Shakespearean gibbering mouther shows them the way to the castle.]]
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-38/ Madeline needs a rope to help Rusty.]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'',
** [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-22.html November sets out into the woods to look for a way to clear Claire's name]], [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-24.html Perrault follows]], and [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-26.html reveals that Red also went, first.]]
** [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-76.html Claire decides to help on quest.]]
** [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04-04.html Claire's mother-in-law, though disapproving of her, tries to protect her.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'', [[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/september-26th-2012/ O'Malley follows Thackerey into a burning building and drags him to safety.]]
** [[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/august-27th-2014/ Thackerey shoves Voss away from O'Malley.]]
* This is arguably the entire point of moirallegiance, or the diamond shipping quadrant, in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. A moirallegiance is a sort of romantic friendship, but it also inherently entails a promise between moirails to protect each other in times of need or danger. Prime examples of this would be Equius sacrificing himself so Gamzee doesn't get to Nepeta first during his KillEmAll phase, or Karkat being the one to get Gamzee out of that phase by "shoosh-papping" (calmly touching and quieting) him.
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter06/dm06-30.htm Pumpkin runs to help Agent Vinegar when he's down, and Lime and Lemon run to help her.]]
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?184 Brisbaine agrees to check the well and retrieve Randy if the cats threw him down it again.]]
* In ''Webcomic/RedsPlanet'' [[http://www.redsplanet.com/comic/rp/ch04/chapter-four-16/ despite the way Red disturbed his fishing, the blue lion helps her and her friend flee.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0939.html Roy invokes the trope by name when making an offer to Durkon]] -- it's the least he can do for a friend in need. Elan and Haley immediately offer to help as well.
** In contrast, much earlier he initially refused to go rescue [[TheHeart Elan]] who got [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0153.html captured by bandits]]. This nearly landed him in deep trouble much later on...
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* When somebody starts sabotaging Ella's entry for a competition to win a prestigious internship in ''WebVideo/UniversityEverAfter'', all of Ella's friends pitch in to help her, even when the sabotager starts blackmailing them.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* After an argument with [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny]], Sam inadvertently wished they never met, causing a nearby LiteralGenie to grant it; Danny ends up losing his powers and memories of her. With a ghost on the loose, Sam goes to great lengths to [[AmnesiaDanger restore Danny back to normal]], struggling since she only has herself to pull the whole thing off, not to mention Danny's great reluctance. He's grateful by end.
* The song, "A True, True Friend" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Season 3 finale is basically all about this trope. [[spoiler:In order to break the destiny switching spell, Twilight has her friends help each other out and rediscover what their true destinies are in the process]].
--> '''Mane Six''': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GJ3FDYPxw4k A true true friend helps a friend in need.]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* According to many [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdNBCa8v1rg YouTube videos]], The United States towards Japan.
* Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli recommends this in ''The Prince''. It is tempting to sit on the sidelines or try to claim neutrality if an ally is attacked, but doing this (rightly) makes you look weak and unreliable.

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** Concern for his friend Robert's safety is a major motivation for Ned to accept the office of King's Hand.

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** Concern for his friend Robert's safety is a major motivation for Ned to accept the office of King's Hand.Hand as Ned read a letter sent by Lysa Arryn that accuses the Lannisters of killing Jon Arryn and plotting to kill Robert Baratheon. This letter was sent to him by Lysa, on Littlefinger's behest, to specifically invoke this trope.
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** In contrast, much earlier he initially refused to go rescue [[TheHeart Elan]] who got [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0153.html captured by bandits]]. This nearly landed him in deep trouble much later on...
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* "Hey Brother" by Avicii:
-->''Oh, if the sky comes falling down for you''\\
''There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do''
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Concern for his friend Robert's safety is a major motivation for Ned to accept the office of King's Hand.
** Podrick refuses to betray Tyrion in exchange for a knighthood, even though the alternative is likely persecution.
** Averted when Bronn jumps ship the minute he gets a better offer, just like he always said he would.
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**[[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/august-27th-2014/ Thackerey shoves Voss away from O'Malley.]]
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'', [[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/?webcomic_post=september-26th-2012 Malloy follows Thackerey into a burning building and drags him to safety.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'', [[http://www.widdershinscomic.com/?webcomic_post=september-26th-2012 Malloy com/wdshn/september-26th-2012/ O'Malley follows Thackerey into a burning building and drags him to safety.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'': Buster Moon is at his lowest point, with his dream [[spoiler: theater]] being destroyed and being forced to do what his father did to earn that money. That would be to use his koala body to wash cars. Eddie, [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob whose rich enough to waste his life doing nothing]], willingly joins in being humiliated by using his sheep wool to dry the cars to help his friend.
-->'''Eddie''': You know what's great about hitting rockbottom? There's only one way left to go, and that's up!
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* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' -- the children for each other, all the time. Plus:

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* In JohnCWright's John C. Wright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' -- the children for each other, all the time. Plus:
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* Towards the end of ''Gauntlgrym'' from ''Literature/TheNeverwinterSaga'' [[spoiler: Jarlaxle]] of all people ''jumps into the maw of an erupting volcano'' to rescue [[spoiler: Arthogate]]. This would have been a HeroicSacrifice if not for [[spoiler: him being crafty enough to save both of their skins in the last moment]].
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