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9th Aug '16 8:19:12 AM ThePat
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* The ''Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}''/''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'', ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' has Samus verge into this when she [[TimeTravelEscape settles in the present time]]. Her encounters with different Kamen Riders made her to earn their respect, as well as learning the value of teamwork; ends up with the company of [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima (Kamen Rider Ryugen)]], who would later on became her LoveInterest, and [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou Shijima (Kamen Rider Mach)]], who is more of a [[TagalongKid Tagalong]] CameraFiend.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}''/''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'', Rider}}''/''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' crossover fic, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' has Samus verge into this when she [[TimeTravelEscape settles in the present time]]. Her encounters with different Kamen Riders made her to earn their respect, as well as learning the value of teamwork; ends up with the company of [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima (Kamen Rider Ryugen)]], who would later on became her LoveInterest, and [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou Shijima (Kamen Rider Mach)]], who is more of a [[TagalongKid Tagalong]] CameraFiend.
9th Aug '16 8:18:03 AM ThePat
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* The ''Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}''/''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'', ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' has Samus verge into this when she [[TimeTravelEscape settles in the present time]]. Her encounters with different Kamen Riders made her to earn their respect, as well as learning the value of teamwork; ends up with the company of [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima (Kamen Rider Ryugen)]], who would later on became her LoveInterest, and [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou Shijima (Kamen Rider Mach)]], who is more of a [[TagalongKid Tagalong]] CameraFiend.
9th Aug '16 12:20:41 AM shonengirl
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* Being a franchise centered on ThePowerOfFriendship, ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a few. [[TheRival Silver]] from the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver second generation]] and it's remakes is an abrasive, abusive, rather violent ArrogantKungFuGuy of a boy with a massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex who may have inspired Paul in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} TV show]] a decade or so after his debut. Another rival, Blue from the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first generation]] isn't a loner per se, but he also still doesn't understand The Power of Friendship and can't learn to love and respect his Pokémon. A sound butt kicking from the player usually results.

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* Being a franchise centered on ThePowerOfFriendship, ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a few. [[TheRival Silver]] from the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver second generation]] and it's remakes is an abrasive, abusive, rather violent ArrogantKungFuGuy of a boy with a massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex who may have inspired Paul in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} TV show]] a decade or so after his debut. Another rival, Blue from the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first generation]] isn't a loner per se, but he also still doesn't understand The Power of Friendship and can't learn to love and respect his Pokémon. A sound butt kicking from the player usually results.



* Knuckles from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' started out as one due being constrained in a solitary duty to guard the Master Emerald in Angel Island. After forging a friendship with Sonic and Tails, he seems to grow out of his shell.

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* Knuckles from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' started out as one due being constrained in a solitary duty to guard the Master Emerald in Angel Island. After forging a friendship with Sonic and Tails, he seems to grow has somewhat grown out of his shell.shell, though he still sometimes has gruff and anti-social tendencies.



** Shadow plays this straighter than the two above. He doesn't put a lot of value on teamwork and of the like when getting things done. It also doesn't help that he doesn't seem very fond of anyone's presence that much. However, he's also often seen in the company of Team Dark, made up of him, Rouge the Bat, and Gamma, and actually works fairly well with them.

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** Shadow plays this straighter than the two above. He doesn't put a lot of value on teamwork and of the like when getting things done. It also doesn't help that he doesn't seem very fond of anyone's presence that much. However, he's also often seen in the company of Team Dark, made up of him, Rouge the Bat, and Gamma, and actually works fairly well with them.them, even not minding their presence as much as he does anyone elses'.
9th Aug '16 12:17:00 AM shonengirl
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On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, these characters only appear in idealistic stories or when the main cast isn't a team. In a cynical story they might be the [[AntiHero main character]].

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On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, these characters only appear in idealistic stories or when the main cast isn't a team.any setting where ThePowerOfFriendship has significance. In a cynical story they might be the [[AntiHero main character]].



* Gary in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' until the Johto arc, and the first two video game generation rivals, are prime examples. They don't understand ThePowerOfFriendship and can't learn to love and respect their Pokémon. Butt kicking results.



* [[TheRival Paul]] from the Sinnoh saga of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is an extremely harsh trainer with no comprehension of ThePowerOfFriendship, can't learn to love and respect his Pokemon, and doesn't take well to battling alongside others. This comes to bite him in the end when his Chimchar, now an Infernape, destroys his team at the end of the arc.



* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s Fujiwara no Mokou fits perfectly into this type. Shortly after she killed Iwakasa and then tasted the [[ImmortalityInducer elixir of eternal life]], she spent the rest of her life in a form of solitude at a bamboo forest because she couldn't fit into society because she [[WhyWontYouDie couldn't die]]. Nowadays she spends her time taking on her rival's assassins and saving people's lives.

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* Being a franchise centered on ThePowerOfFriendship, ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a few. [[TheRival Silver]] from the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver second generation]] and it's remakes is an abrasive, abusive, rather violent ArrogantKungFuGuy of a boy with a massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex who may have inspired Paul in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} TV show]] a decade or so after his debut. Another rival, Blue from the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first generation]] isn't a loner per se, but he also still doesn't understand The Power of Friendship and can't learn to love and respect his Pokémon. A sound butt kicking from the player usually results.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s Fujiwara no Mokou fits perfectly into this type. Shortly after she killed Iwakasa and then tasted the [[ImmortalityInducer elixir of eternal life]], she spent the rest of her life in a form of solitude at in a bamboo forest because she couldn't fit into society because she [[WhyWontYouDie and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever couldn't die]]. Nowadays she spends her time taking on her rival's assassins and saving people's lives.



** Blaze in the ''VideoGame/SonicRushSeries'' also started as one. She rejects the help of Sonic and his friends in believing that she must find all of the Sol Emeralds by herself. At the end of the game, she begins to learn ThePowerOfFriendship and accepts the heroes as her friends.
** Shadow plays this straighter than the two above. He doesn't put a lot of value on teamwork and of the like when getting things done. It also doesn't help that he doesn't seem very fond of anyone's presence that much.

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** Blaze in the ''VideoGame/SonicRushSeries'' also started as one. She rejects the help of Sonic and his friends in believing that she must find all of the Sol Emeralds by herself. At By the end of the game, she begins to learn ThePowerOfFriendship and accepts the heroes as her friends.
** Shadow plays this straighter than the two above. He doesn't put a lot of value on teamwork and of the like when getting things done. It also doesn't help that he doesn't seem very fond of anyone's presence that much. However, he's also often seen in the company of Team Dark, made up of him, Rouge the Bat, and Gamma, and actually works fairly well with them.
8th Aug '16 3:07:21 PM Redaka
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* Kai Hiwatari, from ''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'' (re. goes off to fight wind Weasel thing alone), reverts back to season 1 persona in ''G-Revolution''. And never beats Takao/Tyson. Bless.

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* Kai Hiwatari, from ''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'' (re. goes off to fight wind Jack's Sickle Weasel thing alone), reverts back to season 1 persona in ''G-Revolution''. And never beats Takao/Tyson. Bless.
30th Jun '16 7:54:34 PM nombretomado
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* Kopaka starts out like this in ''{{Bionicle}}''. It doesn't last long, though because Destiny [[BecauseDestinySaysSo has other ideas]]. He's still TheStoic, but he's not as opposed to teamwork as he once was.

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* Kopaka starts out like this in ''{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. It doesn't last long, though because Destiny [[BecauseDestinySaysSo has other ideas]]. He's still TheStoic, but he's not as opposed to teamwork as he once was.
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.)
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