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23rd Mar '17 7:07:56 PM pratchettgaiman
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* Invoked in "Duet," the musical episode of ''Series/TheFlash'' with the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UPun57MMoU "Supergirl"]], where the titular character and {{Series/Supergirl}} sing about how, despite being deprived of their respective superpowers, they still have one: their friendship

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* Invoked in "Duet," the musical episode of ''Series/TheFlash'' with the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UPun57MMoU "Supergirl"]], "Super Friend"]], where the titular character and {{Series/Supergirl}} sing about how, despite being deprived of their respective superpowers, they still have one: their friendship
23rd Mar '17 7:05:55 PM pratchettgaiman
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* Invoked in "Duet," the musical episode of ''Series/TheFlash'' with the song [["Super Friend" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UPun57MMoU]], where the titular character and Series/Supergirl sing about how, despite being deprived of their respective superpowers, they still have one: their friendship

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* Invoked in "Duet," the musical episode of ''Series/TheFlash'' with the song [["Super Friend" https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UPun57MMoU]], com/watch?v=7UPun57MMoU "Supergirl"]], where the titular character and Series/Supergirl {{Series/Supergirl}} sing about how, despite being deprived of their respective superpowers, they still have one: their friendship
23rd Mar '17 7:03:31 PM pratchettgaiman
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* Invoked in "Duet," the musical episode of ''Series/TheFlash'' with the song [["Super Friend" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UPun57MMoU]], where the titular character and Series/Supergirl sing about how, despite being deprived of their respective superpowers, they still have one: their friendship
23rd Mar '17 9:05:12 AM Prfnoff
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''VideoGame/{{Thief}} II: The Metal Age''. One of the epigraphs that preceed the cinematic sequences before each level is from the Keepers' Book of Secrets: "Reliance on others is strength for the weak, but weakness for the strong. Wisdom lies in knowing one's own nature over time." [[AntiHero Garrett]] has always been a (effectual) loner, but winds up needing to [[EnemyMine make allies]] to solve the problems he faces in the game. If the epigraph is correct, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop this means]] Garrett [[BadassDecay used to be strong but now has become weak]].

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''VideoGame/{{Thief}} II: The Metal Age''.''VideoGame/ThiefIITheMetalAge''. One of the epigraphs that preceed the cinematic sequences before each level is from the Keepers' Book of Secrets: "Reliance on others is strength for the weak, but weakness for the strong. Wisdom lies in knowing one's own nature over time." [[AntiHero Garrett]] has always been a (effectual) loner, but winds up needing to [[EnemyMine make allies]] to solve the problems he faces in the game. If the epigraph is correct, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop this means]] Garrett [[BadassDecay used to be strong but now has become weak]].
18th Mar '17 7:03:56 PM eroock
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': The "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall]]" episode plays this trope for drama. the titular character is [[spoiler: forced to give up life as he knows it]] in order to save the only three people in the world he considers friends: John, Mrs Hudson, and Lestrade. It's made all the worse by a conversation not long before this:
--->'''Sherlock''': Alone is what I have. Alone protects me.\\
'''John''': No. Friends protect people.
18th Mar '17 6:57:22 PM eroock
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The moment at which The Power Of Friendship becomes clear is AFriendInNeed, but beware the AppleOfDiscord. When [[IWorkAlone the loner]] has been brought into the group, RememberThatYouTrustMe may be needed to keep him attached.

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The moment at which The Power Of of Friendship becomes clear is AFriendInNeed, but beware the AppleOfDiscord. When [[IWorkAlone the loner]] has been brought into the group, RememberThatYouTrustMe may be needed to keep him attached.
6th Mar '17 1:15:55 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Black Star was for a time a Ineffectual Loner example. While he could beat teams in his class without Tsubaki, that tactic was getting him nowhere when it came to achieving what he actually wanted - to use the Nakatsukasa Purpose/fey blade mode. Typically for him, it took Kid beating him into the ground for the 'assassin' to see sense. In an uncharacteristic moment of reflection, Black Star actually acknowledges this when Spartoi set out to rescue the shinigami. Followed up on when he actually rescues Kid - the importance of the meister/Weapon relationship emphasized by the one who, [[CharacterDevelopment originally]], was least able to recognise it. Unfortunately, the relevance to Kid falls flat given that the majority of the arc has him separated from Liz and Patti, and that the end of the storyline involves not the trio but Kid and Black Star.
** While it takes him a while to recognise it, this has a lot to do with why [[MadScientist Stein]] didn't go completely [[TheCorruption mad]]. Stein ultimately tells [[MoralityChain Spirit]] that he, [[MoralityPet Marie]] and the [[TeamDad students]] are the reason why he's [[HeroicWillpower not]] about to give up.
** A big difference between the conclusions of the anime and the manga. The anime ends with Maka's 'punch of courage' that fitted the series themes from one angle. The manga goes for the broader, Power of Friendship approach by having Soul's [[MusicalAssassin 'musical']] skill invoke the power/courage/support of ''all'' the True Companions to allow [[spoiler: him and Maka to reach Crona within Asura's soul. And then Soul leaves a spot for Crona's 'note' to add to the tune.]]

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** Black Star was for a time a Ineffectual Loner example. While he could beat teams in his class without Tsubaki, that tactic was getting him nowhere when it came to achieving what he actually wanted - to use the Nakatsukasa Purpose/fey blade mode. Typically for him, it took Kid beating him into the ground for the 'assassin' to see sense. In an uncharacteristic moment of reflection, Black Star actually acknowledges this when Spartoi set out to rescue the shinigami. Followed up on when he actually rescues Kid - the importance of the meister/Weapon relationship emphasized by the one who, [[CharacterDevelopment originally]], was least able to recognise it. Unfortunately, the relevance to Kid falls flat given that the majority of the arc has him separated from Liz and Patti, and that the end of the storyline involves not the trio but Kid and Black Star.
** While it takes him a while to recognise it, this has a lot to do with why [[MadScientist Stein]] didn't go completely [[TheCorruption mad]]. Stein ultimately tells [[MoralityChain Spirit]] that he, [[MoralityPet [[MoralityChain Marie]] and the [[TeamDad students]] are the reason why he's [[HeroicWillpower not]] about to give up.
** A big difference between the conclusions of the anime and the manga. The anime ends with Maka's 'punch of courage' that fitted the series themes from one angle. The manga goes for the broader, Power of Friendship approach by having Soul's [[MusicalAssassin 'musical']] skill invoke the power/courage/support of ''all'' the True Companions to allow [[spoiler: him and Maka to reach Crona within Asura's soul. And then Then Soul leaves a spot for Crona's 'note' to add to the tune.]]



** The game harps on the importance of relationships almost ''constantly''. In fairness, the "Brother Band" system that underpins this emphasis on relationships also confers very practical benefits. Brother Banding with {{NPC}}s (or actual humans over WiFi) gives the player (or both players) bonus HP and the option to share their "favorite cards" for use in battle. This doesn't stop the game from also using it somewhat {{Anvilicious}}ly in other contexts, including when the main character is Lost in Space and his friends direct him back to earth using the awesome power of friendship. And not all of them are even really Brothers with him.
** Wait, it gets better! ThePowerOfFriendship can also apparently [[spoiler:bring the dead back to life!]]

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** The game harps on the importance of relationships almost ''constantly''.frequently. In fairness, the "Brother Band" system that underpins this emphasis on relationships also confers very practical benefits. Brother Banding with {{NPC}}s (or actual humans over WiFi) gives the player (or both players) bonus HP and the option to share their "favorite cards" for use in battle. This doesn't stop the game from also using it somewhat {{Anvilicious}}ly it in other contexts, including when the main character is Lost in Space and his friends direct him back to earth using the awesome power of friendship. And not Not all of them are even really Brothers with him.
** Wait, it gets better!
him. ThePowerOfFriendship can also apparently [[spoiler:bring the dead back to life!]]



** One of the major themes in the franchise is the relationship between trainers and their Pokémon. Regardless of the forms they take or abilities they have, all can be befriended and made into potential allies. Another theme is the relationship between trainers themselves, both in-game and the players since it's almost impossible to collect all Pokémon within a single game and trading between players is vital.

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** One of the major themes in the franchise is the relationship between trainers and their Pokémon. Regardless of the forms they take or abilities they have, all can be befriended and made into potential allies. Another theme is the relationship between trainers themselves, both in-game and the players since it's almost impossible to collect all Pokémon within a single game and trading between players is vital.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'':
*** There's a joke that the "f" added to ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' for its UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 UpdatedRerelease stands for "friendship" because this trope is pretty much the key theme of the game.
*** Try to count how many times Asbel says the word "protect" or "friends" in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces.'' But don't make this into a drinking game. If you did, you would die. You would die horribly. The frequency of friend-protection [[VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth rivals that of]] [[MemeticMutation KUREAAAA]].


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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'':
*** There's a joke that the "f" added to ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' for its UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 UpdatedRerelease stands for "friendship" because this trope is pretty much the key theme of the game.
*** Try to count how many times Asbel says the word "protect" or "friends" in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces.'' But don't make this into a drinking game. If you did, you would die. You would die horribly. The frequency of friend-protection [[VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth rivals that of]] [[MemeticMutation KUREAAAA]].


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*''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': The Assassin order is called the "brotherhood" for a reason. The friendships between the Assassins and their non-assassin allies help them accomplish their missions and preserve in the face of Templar power.
**''Videogame/AssassinsCreed'': Altair can befriend vigilantes by rescuing their family members and they in turn help him fight/escape from guards and prevent his targets from escaping. Then there's his friendship with Malik [[spoiler: which saves him from a ZergRush in the final level]].
**''Videogame/AssassinsCreed2'': Ezio can recruit civilians to become Assassins by helping them. Part of ''Brotherhood'' is basically him making so many friends that he has enough power to fight the Borgias on a level he can't reach on his own.
4th Mar '17 12:33:21 PM LadyNorbert
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* A major facet of Taylor's powerset in ''FanFic/{{Liaison}}'' is building strong relationships between people, especially others and herself. The stronger her relationships, the less effort required for her power-buffing and debuffing.



* ZigZaggedTrope again in ''FanFic/APikachuInLove''. Pikachu spends most of the fic questioning just how strong his bond with Ash really is, how long it would ''honestly'' last, and does consider leaving him at a few points to stay with Pichi, who he could have a full relationship with due to both of them being Pokemon. [[spoiler: Gets Reconstructed in that Pikachu eventually realizes just how much Ash and Co. really love him, and feels ashamed of himself for thinking Ash would forget about and leave him behind one day. It then gets deconstructed again in that it's his friendship with them that forces him to leave Pichi for a final time, and just after she had confessed her love for him in hopes he would stay with her...]]

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* ZigZaggedTrope again in ''FanFic/APikachuInLove''. Pikachu spends most The heart of ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'' is the fic questioning just how strong his bond with Ash really is, how long it would ''honestly'' last, and does consider leaving him at a few points to stay with Pichi, who he could have a full relationship with due to both of them being Pokemon. [[spoiler: Gets Reconstructed in that Pikachu eventually realizes just how much Ash and Co. really love him, and feels ashamed of himself for thinking Ash would forget about and leave him behind one day. It then gets deconstructed again in that it's his friendship between the Lord and Lady Inquisitor, supplemented by their friendships with them that forces him to leave Pichi for a final time, and just after she had confessed her love for him in hopes he would stay with her...]]the rest of the cast.



* Subverted in [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]. You would think that an essay detailing the past of Equestrian history would have a large focus on friendship, but it seems as though the LemonyNarrator doesn't believe this at all, and actually takes the real world's message of the show as a part of [[TheConspiracy Celestia's "pro-friendship agenda"]]. This is problematic as most of the major conflicts in the show are solved by friendship. But she finds [[InsaneTrollLogic another way to interpret this instead]].



* Subverted in [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]. You would think that an essay detailing the past of Equestrian history would have a large focus on friendship, but it seems as though the LemonyNarrator doesn't believe this at all, and actually takes the real world's message of the show as a part of [[TheConspiracy Celestia's "pro-friendship agenda"]]. This is problematic as most of the major conflicts in the show are solved by friendship. But she finds [[InsaneTrollLogic another way to interpret this instead]].

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* Subverted in [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]. You would think that an essay detailing the past of Equestrian history would have a large focus on friendship, but it seems as though the LemonyNarrator doesn't believe this at all, and actually takes the real world's message of the show as a part of [[TheConspiracy Celestia's "pro-friendship agenda"]]. This is problematic as most of the major conflicts facet of Taylor's powerset in ''FanFic/{{Liaison}}'' is building strong relationships between people, especially others and herself. The stronger her relationships, the show are solved by friendship. But she finds [[InsaneTrollLogic another way to interpret this instead]].less effort required for her power-buffing and debuffing.


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* ZigZaggedTrope again in ''FanFic/APikachuInLove''. Pikachu spends most of the fic questioning just how strong his bond with Ash really is, how long it would ''honestly'' last, and does consider leaving him at a few points to stay with Pichi, who he could have a full relationship with due to both of them being Pokemon. [[spoiler: Gets Reconstructed in that Pikachu eventually realizes just how much Ash and Co. really love him, and feels ashamed of himself for thinking Ash would forget about and leave him behind one day. It then gets deconstructed again in that it's his friendship with them that forces him to leave Pichi for a final time, and just after she had confessed her love for him in hopes he would stay with her...]]
17th Feb '17 4:39:34 PM Dere
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** The general theme of ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' deals with teamwork and friendship.

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** The general theme of ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' deals with teamwork and friendship. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the Emeralds' powers are activated and fueled by emotions (be it positive or [[ThePowerOfHate negative]]), so Sonic and his friends opted to "channel" their positive emotions to restore them.
2nd Feb '17 2:58:11 PM Sonofstranger
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** [[spoiler: In an interesting [[InvertedTrope inversion]], in a Genocide route, Undyne believes that ''she's'' using the power of friendship to stop you from progressing into Hotland, which is why she survives the lethal blow you dish out to her. Due to her having a similar death animation as the amalgamates in the True Lab, some fans believe that she's actually using [[GodzillaThreshold determination]] to survive your attacks.]]
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