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25th May '16 8:25:49 PM Willbyr
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* Happens sometimes in ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', usually when a challenge fight is being fought, or when somebody desperately wants a rematch. Also interesting is the dynamics of helping and refusing help between Kenichi and Miu: Kenichi is very chivalrous and wants to [[DeclarationOfProtection become strong enough to protect Miu]], and sometimes even tries to interfere when she is about to start fighting, but Miu is more skillful fighter than Kenichi (''always'' beating him in sparring matches), and ''she'' is very willing to protect ''him'' when she thinks he is in danger. Kenichi, of course, often refuses such help from Miu, because "this is something a man must do himself".

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* Happens sometimes in ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', usually when a challenge fight is being fought, or when somebody desperately wants a rematch. Also interesting is the dynamics of helping and refusing help between Kenichi and Miu: Kenichi is very chivalrous and wants to [[DeclarationOfProtection become strong enough to protect Miu]], and sometimes even tries to interfere when she is about to start fighting, but Miu is more skillful fighter than Kenichi (''always'' beating him in sparring matches), and ''she'' is very willing to protect ''him'' when she thinks he is in danger. Kenichi, of course, often refuses such help from Miu, because "this is something a man must do himself".
22nd May '16 2:30:33 PM CarolC
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* StarWarsRebels explores this, where Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger have private matters pertaining to the Force, such as their trip to the cryptic Malachor or their confrontation with Force-sensitive Inquisitors away from their crew. This trope is implicitly acknowledged by Hera, a non-Force Sensitive, who sometimes wishes Kanan would allow her more involvement in Force matters.
10th May '16 4:31:44 AM jormis29
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* In ''TheBelgariad'' the duel between Belgarath and Ctuchik is a one on one fight - not because Belgarath's companions don't want to help but any additional sorcerous power added to the situation would obliterate them both.

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* In ''TheBelgariad'' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' the duel between Belgarath and Ctuchik is a one on one fight - not because Belgarath's companions don't want to help but any additional sorcerous power added to the situation would obliterate them both.



* [[CatGirl Buki]] of ''Sudeki'' takes on a giant spider boss monster by herself because "Like me, he is a Shadani Warrior" (this was actually a game design decision -- bosses simply worked better against lone characters)

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* [[CatGirl Buki]] of ''Sudeki'' ''VideoGame/{{Sudeki}}'' takes on a giant spider boss monster by herself because "Like me, he is a Shadani Warrior" (this was actually a game design decision -- bosses simply worked better against lone characters)



* In the ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "I Am The Night", Batman [[TenMinuteRetirement withdraws into the Batcave]] after he arrives too late to keep Jim Gordon from being shot. Dick tries to snap him out of it, and then suits up to go and protect Gordon from the assailant (who broke out of prison and is likely to come back to finish the job). ''That'' brings Batman back to himself:

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* In the ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "I Am The Night", Batman [[TenMinuteRetirement withdraws into the Batcave]] after he arrives too late to keep Jim Gordon from being shot. Dick tries to snap him out of it, and then suits up to go and protect Gordon from the assailant (who broke out of prison and is likely to come back to finish the job). ''That'' brings Batman back to himself:
3rd May '16 12:23:47 PM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Before fighting [[EldritchAbomination Arael]] for second time, Asuka asks Shinji not interfering, stating that is her fight and no one else’s.
15th Apr '16 12:44:20 AM AJSthe2nd
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* In RWBY, right before Jaune's fight with the Ursa Major begins, Pyrrha arrives with help but tells everyone to stand back instead and let him deal with the Grimm on his own. Subverted in that she ends up stealthily using her Semblence to move Jaune's shield just enough to block a slash from the beast.

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* In RWBY, right before Jaune's fight with the Ursa Major begins, Pyrrha arrives with help but tells everyone to stand back instead and let him deal with the Grimm on his own. Subverted in that she ends up stealthily using her Semblence to move Jaune's shield just enough to block a slash from the beast. In the second season's finale Jaune (who's now had months of training) again confronts an Ursa Major, as Pyrrha watches from the background. This time she doesn't help him and while Jaune is nervous, he defeats it with no trouble as she smiles at his growth.
7th Apr '16 11:05:27 AM RevDave
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** Partly justified in that case, because it's established that Havok's powers don't harm his brother Cyclops. So, "this is something it's ''safer'' to do himself"?
15th Mar '16 5:56:57 AM Tron80
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-->'''Galifore:''' Stop! If anyone helps, the challenge is void. The princess will lose!
-->'''Cyborg:''' Besides, our girl can handle this.

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-->'''Galifore:''' Stop! If anyone helps, the challenge is void. The princess will lose!
-->'''Cyborg:'''
lose!\\
'''Cyborg:'''
Besides, our girl can handle this.



--->'''Shockwave''': The secondary heroes stand around and watch, calling on their burning spirit and heart of justice to empower the main hero from afar.
--->'''Optimus Prime''': Mmmm...no, we won't be doing that.

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--->'''Shockwave''': -->'''Shockwave:''' The secondary heroes stand around and watch, calling on their burning spirit and heart of justice to empower the main hero from afar.
--->'''Optimus Prime''':
afar.\\
'''Optimus Prime:'''
Mmmm...no, we won't be doing that.
12th Mar '16 11:16:35 AM nombretomado
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* In RWBY, right before Jaune's fight with the Ursa Major begins, Pyrrha arrives with help but tells everyone to stand back instead and let him deal with the Grimm on his own. Subverted in that she ends up stealthly using her Semblence to move Jaune's shield just enough to block a slash from the beast.

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* In RWBY, right before Jaune's fight with the Ursa Major begins, Pyrrha arrives with help but tells everyone to stand back instead and let him deal with the Grimm on his own. Subverted in that she ends up stealthly stealthily using her Semblence to move Jaune's shield just enough to block a slash from the beast.



* In one episode of ''[[CareBears Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot]],'' Grizzle manages to steal Funshine's belly badge and uses it to try and take over Care-a-lot. Funshine tricks Grizzle and gets his badge back to prove the episode's [[AnAesop aesop]], but the fact remains that there were myriads of still-badged Care Bears who didn't lift a finger to help him.

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* In one episode of ''[[CareBears Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot]],'' ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'', Grizzle manages to steal Funshine's belly badge and uses it to try and take over Care-a-lot. Funshine tricks Grizzle and gets his badge back to prove the episode's [[AnAesop aesop]], but the fact remains that there were myriads of still-badged Care Bears who didn't lift a finger to help him.
15th Feb '16 2:29:38 AM captainpat
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* This is an incredibly common trope in comic books. The comic's titular star will be facing an incredible threat, and it is only logical that other heroes would show up to help. However, that would remove the limelight from the star and make every comic into a "team" book. Therefore, writers are constantly having to invent reasons why a heroes' buddies are not available or cannot participate in the fight. The really lazy ones use this excuse. Notable incidents follow:



* This trope starts to get ridiculous when a really obvious world ending threat shows up. For instance, the first time Galactus appears he builds a really big machine designed to convert the planet into energy smack dab in New York, the Marvel Universe's Superhero capital of the world, yet apparently every other superhero decided to take a vacation except the Fantastic Four because they are the only superheroes that even seem to notice and try to do anything.

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* This trope starts to get ridiculous when a really obvious world ending threat shows up. For instance, the The first time Galactus ComicBook/{{Galactus}} appears he builds a really big machine designed to convert the planet into energy smack dab in New York, the Marvel Universe's Superhero capital of the world, yet apparently every other superhero decided to take a vacation except the Fantastic Four because they are the only superheroes that even seem to notice and try to do anything.
13th Feb '16 12:49:22 PM 10-13-2
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* In a relatively rare example where the ''sidekick'' has to go it alone, we have {{Catwoman}} in ''{{Hush}}''. Poison Ivy has used her bewitching powers to enslave both her and Superman, turning Catwoman bisexual for a time and nearly getting her killed by Killer Croc in the course of one of Ivy's schemes for which Catwoman had to do the dirty work - and then, trying to kill Catwoman ''herself'' when she broke free of the mental enslavement with Batman's help and attacked her. Catwoman is obviously very angry about all these humiliations; and when she and Batman confront Ivy again, Catwoman punches her out, even though Ivy was inevitably going to be captured anyway. The police are annoyed, and one of them asks Catwoman if she ''really'' had to do that. Catwoman and Batman look at each other for a second, and then in unison answer, "Yes."
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