He's A Friend


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Launching 11/24 as He's a Friend, barring complaint.
The hero is a peace maker. Smoothing over conflicts between warring people. And sometimes this hits closer to home.

Our hero has two sets of friends. They both like him, but they are unfamiliar with each other. Maybe they have never seen each other. Perhaps they have good reason to avoid the other. Ultimately the two meet, and it can get violent. Neither side is inherently evil, they just don't know each other. They may be trained to think of them as the enemy, or they might think they are a threat to themselves or to our Hero. Perhaps one side is a peaceful member of the side that the other demonizes.

Our Hero demonstrates his peacemaking skills and steps in quickly to smooth things over between the two. He introduces the two usually say something like "He's a friend." He shows that they are not enemies. This usually leads to the two sides making up quickly. Or not.

In short, two of the Hero's friends are fighting/aggressive, then the Hero steps in to introduce them to each other.

Examples:

Film
  • The Iron Giant: Hogarth, Dean and Giant. "He's name is Dean, we like Dean"
  • How to Train Your Dragon: "Astrid, Toothless. Toothless, Astrid"
  • Princess Mononoke: Inverted. San explains to Ashitaka's pet elk that she is a friend.
  • The Lion King: Simba introduces Timon and Pumbaa to Nala.
  • WALL•E: Wall*e explains to Eve that Roach shouldn't be blasted.
  • In Thumbelina, the dog starts acting threatening toward the prince who came to visit, until the title character remembers and curtsies to him, telling the dog he's a guest, not an intruder.
    Thumbelina: Oh! Ah, [curtsying] how do you do? How nice of you to come visit!
  • The Incredibles
    Edna: (scans eye) Edna. Mode.
    (Giant gun pops out, prepared to shoot at Helen)
    Edna: And guest.
    (gun goes away)

Literature

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Jackie Chan Adventures' second season, when El Toro, a one shot ally from the previous season, turns up he attacks Tohru (since the last time they met him was before his Heel-Face Turn) until the situation's explained.
  • Jonny Quest episode "Werewolf of the Timberland". The wolf Gray One has just saved Dr. Quest and Race Bannon from being attacked by the "werewolf" (a man in a werewolf suit), but they don't realize this and Race Bannon prepares to shoot the wolf. Jonny and Hadji arrive and call out to them, telling them that the wolf is a friend.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender : Sokka has to do this for Zuko twice during "The Boiling Rock," once for Suki, who remembered him from when he destroyed her village, and once for Hakoda.

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