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29th Jun '16 9:38:49 AM N8han11
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** He has every reason to stay away from other people though: He is a magnet for megalomaniacs who plot world domination and evil supernatural beings and holds both a SuperpoweredEvilSide and Season 3's main villain within his body. And after the hell he went through for three whole years, who can blame him for being a little more mopey than before?
** Or, more precisely, he has accepted that he can't go running around without a brain in his head, because he has the power of Good Darkness, and actually needs to start thinking before he acts. He spent most of the season trying to get his friends into positions where they'd be able to achieve the goals they wanted, as well as making up his own mind on his future: helping others instead of being a selfish brat.



** Actually, it was never implied Gary wasn't close to his Pokemon, merely that he just wasn't as idealistic about the bond as Ash was. But then again, who is?
** Also in the anime; Charizard, Sceptile, Buizel, and Croagunk. However, they've all proven at some point that they do care for their trainers...it just took a while to open up.
9th Jun '16 4:18:38 AM MajinAkuma
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* Kai Hiwatari, from ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' is this massively all the way through season 1 ("There's no Kai in team!", anyone?), is less obnoxiously so in V-Force (re. goes off to fight wind Weasel thing alone), reverts back to season 1 persona in G-Rev. And never beats Tyson. Bless.
** Partially subverted at the end of G-Rev, when he scares to death, defeats and drives into madness the apparently invincible [[PersonOfMassDestruction Brooklyn]] through [[TheDeterminator determination alone]].

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* Kai Hiwatari, from ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' ''Manga/{{Beyblade}}'' is this massively all the way through season 1 ("There's no Kai in team!", anyone?), is less obnoxiously so in V-Force ''V-Force'' (re. goes off to fight wind Weasel thing alone), reverts back to season 1 persona in G-Rev. ''G-Revolution''. And never beats Tyson.Takao/Tyson. Bless.
** Partially subverted at the end of G-Rev, ''G-Revolution'', when he scares to death, defeats and drives into madness the apparently invincible [[PersonOfMassDestruction Brooklyn]] through [[TheDeterminator determination alone]].
9th Jun '16 4:15:55 AM MajinAkuma
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* In part 1, Uchiha Sasuke from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' starts out as TheRival, but quickly descends to IneffectualLoner. He is introduced as a grim and solitary prodigy at the Ninja Academy with a special inherited power that should make him all but invincible. Other characters admire and are intimidated by his skill, while women [[{{Fangirl}} swoon]] over his [[{{Bishonen}} good looks]]. He then goes on to get bailed out of every major fight by Naruto. With the start of [[{{Timeskip}} part 2]], however, he has become something of a subversion - now that he really has split himself off from the protagonist he has become one of the most powerful ninja in the series, not through the power of friendship but through [[ConservationOfNinjutsu fighting alone]].
** He heads back towards being a straight example from about [[spoiler:his fight with Itachi]] onwards, as he only got out of that because [[spoiler:the fight was thrown]], he goes back to being bailed out by his ''new'' team in his next fight[[spoiler: though he fought Danzo alone, it was mainly thanks to Karin continually supplying him information through the fight that he won]], and it generally seems as if he's never going to achieve anything he aims for.
** Except then he promptly [[spoiler: ditches his team, and gets ''another'' [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands power upgrade.]]]] As with just about every other trope, Sasuke keeps us guessing on this one.
** Though literally every single fight [[spoiler: Itachi]] takes part in goes exactly as planned, his ultimate goal fails completely due to his belief that he was the only one who needed to suffer the burden of [[spoiler: the Uchiha Clan's darkness.]] Later on, he admits to Naruto that if he had been willing to share the pain and let others help him, especially [[spoiler: Sasuke]], things would have worked out much better than they did.

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* In part 1, Sasuke Uchiha Sasuke from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' starts out as TheRival, but quickly descends to IneffectualLoner. He is introduced as a grim and solitary prodigy at the Ninja Academy with a special inherited power that should make him all but invincible. Other characters admire and are intimidated by his skill, while women [[{{Fangirl}} swoon]] over his [[{{Bishonen}} good looks]]. He then goes on to get bailed out of every major fight by Naruto. With the start of [[{{Timeskip}} part 2]], however, he has become something of a subversion - now that he really has split himself off from the protagonist he has become one of the most powerful ninja in the series, not through the power of friendship but through [[ConservationOfNinjutsu fighting alone]].
** He heads back towards being a straight example from about [[spoiler:his his fight with Itachi]] Itachi onwards, as he only got out of that because [[spoiler:the the fight was thrown]], thrown, he goes back to being bailed out by his ''new'' team in his next fight[[spoiler: though he fought Danzo alone, it was mainly thanks to Karin continually supplying him information through the fight that he won]], and it generally seems as if he's never going to achieve anything he aims for.
** Except then he promptly [[spoiler: ditches his team, and gets ''another'' [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands power upgrade.]]]] upgrade]]. As with just about every other trope, Sasuke keeps us guessing on this one.
** Though literally every single fight [[spoiler: Itachi]] Itachi takes part in goes exactly as planned, his ultimate goal fails completely due to his belief that he was the only one who needed to suffer the burden of [[spoiler: the Uchiha Clan's darkness.]] darkness. Later on, he admits to Naruto that if he had been willing to share the pain and let others help him, especially [[spoiler: Sasuke]], Sasuke, things would have worked out much better than they did.
9th Jun '16 4:13:53 AM MajinAkuma
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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has Hibari Kyoya, the ostentatious head of the Disciplinary Committee (Although he is only ever seen with one of its members at any given time), doesn't like groups. He hates groups, and people who group, to the point of beating them senseless with the only warning being a derogatory "I'll Bite You to Death." He's considered invincible by his peers in the manga (most of whom are afraid of getting on his bad side), and has only lost one battle total due to a cheap trick pulled by the resident ManipulativeBastard Rokudo Mukuro. Despite this completely ridiculous winning streak, when it comes to the appearance of the BigBad, he doesn't even try to pull a stunt, leaving it to the hero. (He is also the reference image for this page.)

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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has Hibari Kyoya, Kyoya Hibari, the ostentatious head of the Disciplinary Committee (Although he is only ever seen with one of its members at any given time), doesn't like groups. He hates groups, and people who group, to the point of beating them senseless with the only warning being a derogatory "I'll Bite You to Death." He's considered invincible by his peers in the manga (most of whom are afraid of getting on his bad side), and has only lost one battle total due to a cheap trick pulled by the resident ManipulativeBastard Rokudo Mukuro.Mukuro Rokudo. Despite this completely ridiculous winning streak, when it comes to the appearance of the BigBad, he doesn't even try to pull a stunt, leaving it to the hero. (He is also the reference image for this page.)
30th May '16 8:52:30 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Same goes for Blurr in ''TransformersArmada''.

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** Same goes for Blurr in ''TransformersArmada''.''Anime/TransformersArmada''.
27th Apr '16 12:43:53 PM iowaforever
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** Agent Carolina is a highly skilled fighter, but in solo fights she will push herself beyond her limits in order to prove herself (with disastrous results). When fighting with a team (either the other agents of Project Freelancer or the Blood Gulch Crew), she performs much better.
** Inverted with Agent Maine; as part of Project Freelancer he was TheBigGuy, but on his own as the Meta he became [[KnightOfCerebus one of the]] [[TheBrute most terrifying things]] [[HeroKiller in the entire series]]
23rd Apr '16 11:22:11 AM TVRulezAgain
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* Cera in the first ''LandBeforeTime'' movie nearly got herself killed by a Sharptooth and went hungry so that she wouldn't have to ask for help from the others. Eventually, she joined the rest of the group in a somewhat touching scene one night. She's pretty integrated into the group immediately after that.

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* Cera in the first ''LandBeforeTime'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' movie nearly got herself killed by a Sharptooth and went hungry so that she wouldn't have to ask for help from the others. Eventually, she joined the rest of the group in a somewhat touching scene one night. She's pretty integrated into the group immediately after that.
17th Apr '16 12:33:42 PM Theriocephalus
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** The moral of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire Gauntlet of Fire]]". Garble was a very capable competitor in his own right and was one of the first three dragons to make it to the end of [[DeathCourse the Gauntlet]], but, like most dragons, he did not believe in ThePowerOfFriendship, and went through the Gauntlet by himself. In the end, Spike and Ember working together proved much more effective both in the actual race and in the fight at the end, and handily beat Garble.
13th Mar '16 2:50:51 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** Also, Girard Draketooth, [[spoiler: whose approach to guarding his gate was to entrust his family, and no one else, with the duty. This distrust of in-laws almost led the Linear Guild right to them (as the Guild tracked down a woman who had born a child for and then been abandoned by a Draketooth), and left no one to guard the gate after they were Familicided by Vaarsuvius. They also distrusted paladins to the extent that they would not let a LawfulGood cleric revive them. This left no one to protect the gate, resulting in its destruction.]]
28th Nov '15 1:29:51 PM nombretomado
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** Captain, Zero, and Bakunetsumaru start out this way in ''SDGundamForce''. Captain shrugs off Shute's companionship at first because he has to mantain TheMasquerade, but rethinks this when he realizes that the Soul Drive runs on the PowerOfFriendship. Similarly, both Zero and Bakunetsumaru when they first appear are disdainful of the Gundam Force, but come to recognize them as warriors of worth, and decide to help them protect Neotopia as they would their own nations. [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunbike]] actually lampshades this trope;

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** Captain, Zero, and Bakunetsumaru start out this way in ''SDGundamForce''.''Anime/SDGundamForce''. Captain shrugs off Shute's companionship at first because he has to mantain TheMasquerade, but rethinks this when he realizes that the Soul Drive runs on the PowerOfFriendship. Similarly, both Zero and Bakunetsumaru when they first appear are disdainful of the Gundam Force, but come to recognize them as warriors of worth, and decide to help them protect Neotopia as they would their own nations. [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunbike]] actually lampshades this trope;
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