Created By: CrankyStalfos1 on March 22, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on March 21, 2015

I Need You Amendment

Character A tells Character B that they matter quite a lot to Character A.

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Bob wants to drive home a point about how important Alice is in two ways. The first way is that Alice is important to either a group of people or The Greater Good because of her knowledge, abilities, or some kind of emotional/spiritual role. The second way, which is usually where the weight of the scene lies, is that Alice is personally important to Bob on an emotional level, most often romantic but can be platonic as well. This scene could be a moment of realization for Bob as well.

Compare Anguished Declaration of Love, which resolves or confirms UST while We Need You...I Need You (very WIP title) may simply be an indication of deep affection, or even an affirmation between an already established couple.

Apologies if this falls under stock phrases, I know those aren't being added anymore. I've looked for this trope and haven't had any luck finding it.


Examples

Film - Animated
  • Megamind. Roxanne Ritchie uses this on the title character.
    Roxanne: Megamind, I don't even know if you are listening, but if you are, you can't give up. The Megamind I knew would never have run from a fight, even when he knew that he had absolutely no chance of winning. It was your best quality, and you need to be that guy right now. The city needs you, I need you.

Film - Live Action
  • The Empire Strikes Back has some fun with this when Leia is trying to convince Han to stay at Echo Base and their Belligerent Sexual Tension is building up.
    Han: "We need"? Well, what about "you need"?
    Leia: "I need"? I don't know what you're talking about.
  • Comes into play in the "cone of silence" scene in Twister. Bill tries to show Jo that she is needed by the others, but finally confesses that he needs her.

Live-Action Television
  • Supernatural
    • During season 6, Bobby tells Ellen this in an alternate reality in which they are married, but they may have to give up that reality for the greater good and return to the one where she has been dead for several years.
    Bobby: We need you. Especially me.
    Ellen: I know.
    Dean: We're family. We need you. I need you.
    • And again in season 9, when Abaddon is possessing Colette and trying to convince Cain to rejoin the knights of hell:
    Abaddon: We can make this right, can't we, Cain? Come back to us. Come back to me.

Video Games
  • Ashelin gives this to Jak in Jak 3: Wastelander when she tries to convince him to come back to Haven City to help fight the bad guys.
    Ashelin: Jak, your friends need you. I...need you.

Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • March 22, 2013
    DashSpendar
    Given the "stock phrase" thing, isn't this just a very specific variation on Anguished Declaration Of Love?
  • March 22, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    This looks like a trope to me, but the title is a stock phrase. It will need a rename.
  • March 22, 2013
    CrankyStalfos1
    I don't think it quite fits under Anguished Declaration of Love, mostly because that is very definitely romantic and this one is bit more ambiguous. The context is different, too, I feel like it's more of a motivator than an attempt at a Relationship Upgrade.

    Alternate names could be like... I dunno "Need Amendment" or something. Except that's terrible, of course.

    Can anyone think of examples? The only ones I know of for sure (and the ones I based the description on) are from Megamind and Supernatural, but I know I've heard it plenty of other times.
  • March 22, 2013
    StarSword
    Film:
    • The Empire Strikes Back has some fun with this when Leia is trying to convince Han to stay at Echo Base and their Belligerent Sexual Tension is building up.
      Han: "We need"? Well, what about "you need"?
      Leia: "I need"? I don't know what you're talking about.
  • March 23, 2013
    Arivne
    The opening paragraph is an Example As A Thesis and should be changed to a simple definition of the trope.
  • March 23, 2013
    CrankyStalfos1
    Okay, I tried to make the Thesis less Example-y. Is that better? I feel like it's still mostly an example.
  • March 24, 2013
    Arivne
    It shouldn't mention Bob or Alice at all.
  • March 24, 2013
    moriwen
    Buffy to Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when he offers to leave. She tells him to stay, because she needs him.
  • March 24, 2013
    Space_Harpoon
    hmm.. this sounds like Emotionally Tongue Tied or Cannot Spit It Out. Maybe even Gagging On Your Words, depending on context. This sounds like a stock phrase for one of those three to me
  • March 25, 2013
    Arivne
    Which game is the first Video Game example from?
  • March 25, 2013
    CrankyStalfos1
    Oh, Jak 3 Wastelander. Thanks for pointing that out. I need to fix the SPN example, too.
  • March 25, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I Need You Amendment? Custom titled to "I Need You" Amendment.
  • March 25, 2013
    JonnyB
    Comes into play in the "cone of silence" scene in Twister. Bill tries to show Jo that she is needed by the others, but finally confesses that he needs her.
  • March 25, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^That works.
  • March 8, 2015
    Bakasara
    There's a third in Supernatural in 9x11, while Abaddon is possessing Colette and trying to convince Cain to rejoin the knights of hell:

    - Abaddon: Come back to us. Come back to me.

    Edit: nevermind, I added it in the examples.
  • March 8, 2015
    DAN004
    • In The Amazing Spiderman 2, when Harry Osborn meets the restrained Electro, the former tells the latter that he needs him to defeat Spider-Man together. He doesn't sound really serious until the guards break in and seize Harry; he then desperately shouts to Electro "Please, I need you!" Electro then whispers to himself "he needs me..." and shortly after, he escapes from his restrains and knocks out all the guards. This works because Electro felt that everyone is his enemy and knowing someone needs him makes him happy.
  • March 8, 2015
    Synchronicity
    • Variation on The 100: Bellamy tells Clarke that he volunteers to become an inside man for the attack on Mt. Weather. Clarke, who at this point is fighting to remain strong because she'd recently had to kill Finn, her love interest, tells him that she won't allow it because "[she] can't lose him too."

    Listed this as a variation because Bellamy is important to the group and within the context of the show Clarke is telling him that she cares deeply about him even if the words aren't the same.
  • March 8, 2015
    DAN004
  • March 9, 2015
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Added the word "Examples".
      • Namespaced and italicized work names.
      • Supernatural example
  • March 18, 2015
    LikeSnowyNights
  • March 18, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ this isn't even always about love declaration.
  • March 19, 2015
    LikeSnowyNights
  • March 19, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ why do you think this is "ambiguous" anyway?
  • March 19, 2015
    shimaspawn
    Nothing ambiguous about the need. Great trope, terrible title.
  • March 19, 2015
    LikeSnowyNights
    Ok. I just re read the descriptio. For some reason, I thought it was about that thing where a character says "I need you" and they mean literally/romantically amd the other person takes it as romantically/literally. Oops. Either way, I believe we could base the title off of the Anguished Declaration Of Love trope.
  • March 20, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ if that's what you're asking, well, that actually sounds tropable...
  • March 20, 2015
    BKelly95
    Live Action Television
    • One episode of The Golden Girls has Sophia planning to move out and help her son Phil. Dorothy pleads that she still needs Sophia. Sophia says that Dorothy has grown enough that she no longer needs her. Blanche pleads that she still needs Sophia. Sophia tells her that she was strong and independent before they met and she doesn't need her. Rose pleads that she needs Sophia. Sophia replies "Rose, you need the Wizard of Oz."
  • March 21, 2015
    ChrisX
    • There's a humorous one in Let's Destroy The Shagohod!
      Naked Snake: EVA, I need you...
      EVA: *looking hopeful*
      Naked Snake: ...to stop whining and fly us out of here!!
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