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->'''Dex:''' Consider us your reinforcements.\\
'''Blade:''' What? You amateurs are supposed to be helping me? You? Look at you. You're kids. You're not ready to roll with this. I mean, look at the way you're dressed. What, that's supposed to be tactical? [''reads Hannibal's name tag''] What is this? What is that? "Fuck you." It's a joke, huh? What the fuck is wrong with y'all? You think this is a joke? You think this is a fucking {{sitcom}}?\\
'''Hannibal King:''' Okay, first off, that's just rude. Second, I'm pretty sure we saved your ass back there.
-->-- ''Film/BladeTrinity''

Being a hero is hard, having no one to help with the harrowing, hellish horror of heroing. However, Heaven has seen fit to bless the hero with helpers... that he'll hardly ever hesitate to harass.

Perhaps these helpers hope to form a HeroSecretService or LaResistance, and actually manage to aid the hero in his fight. Be it by hindering TheDragon, freeing him from horrors, or healing his wounds. However the hero ''doesn't'' hail their effort with high praise, advice, or most strangely of all, gratitude... but becomes an UngratefulBastard and tells them to pack it up and go home.

Perhaps the hero [[IWorkAlone works alone]], prefers a populace HoldingOutForAHero, or has a bad case of SamaritanSyndrome and generalized case of ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies. Sometimes he's justified in his being hidebound by the helpers being [[RecklessSidekick hopelessly helpless and incompetent]]. Sometimes he's [[GoodIsNotNice just not a nice person]]. Whatever the case, he at least strongly urges the helpers to disband and might verbally abuse them, or even take steps to ensure they can't try to help him again.

This can end up one of three ways.
* The helpers persevere, and by saving the hero a second time get him to admit they ''are'' competent enough to hang with him and fight alongside each other from then on.
* The helpers become [[MotiveDecay embittered]] and choose to turn to a life of crime. The latter can be justifiable if it's one of the cases of NeverBeAHero that has the helper be empowered by bad means, which in turn make them go bad because TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget.
* The helpers can persevere while the hero complains about them eternally, because any {{Aesop}} he learns about them is obliterated by each episode's ResetButton and the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo remains God.]]

Compare ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike, MinorInsultMeltdown and WaitHere, see also TheScrappy.

Contrast AnnoyingVideoGameHelper, which is when the helpers ''deserve'' to be harassed by the hero. Also compare UnwantedAssistance.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Happens in an episode of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. Domon's rudeness to Rain, despite her aid AND putting up with his rude attitude for the past 11 months, inspires her to quit as God Gundam's mechanic. Schwarz offers her a job as his mechanic, primarily to teach Domon [[AnAesop a lesson]]. During the fight with Schwarz, Domon refuses to learn his lesson until God Gundam is crippled by a faulty repair job, and Rain tells him how to fix it himself, allowing him to win the match.
* L in ''Manga/DeathNote'' mostly treats the police force like this. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted:]] it's a weeding-out ploy to ensure that the people he's working with are the ones who will stick with him, come hell or high water, and give their lives if necessary, to bring Kira down.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Usopp Pirate Gang (from when he joins the crew) could fit. When Usopp decides to fight, he tries to get the trio to think he isn't, and then in the battle, gives them an important job when they show up to try and help. He's even proud of them at the end, but ends up leaving them for the Straw Hats.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'s'' treatment of Stephanie Brown, full stop. Batman's treatment of most of his sidekicks in various adaptations.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' on almost anything. Most recently and prominently on the ComicBook/YoungAvengers who aren't much younger than themselves when they began. Instead of helping them fight crime, they talk down to them and do everything to disband them and even Captain America has to help them INCOGNITO. To be absolutely fair, the Avengers ''themselves'' had recently disbanded after an absolutely disastrous event involving an utter betrayal by a fellow Avenger they'd all trusted, which left a number of them dead and the rest devastated. After that, none of the former Avengers were exactly in the right frame of mind to allow a bunch of teenagers to follow them down the same road, especially when one of those kids was the daughter of an Avenger who was killed in action.

* The new Council in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10541324/1/ First Knight]]'' are so quick to tell any other demon hunters they see to stay out of things (rather belligerently) that several ''dozen'' Slayers who had been found by Xander refuse to deal with them. Granted they're trying to keep civilian casualties down, but they never bother to learn said "civilians" are Slayers and their manner of telling them to "leave things to the professionals" makes them come across as self-righteous [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', a young fan is trying to become Mr. Incredible's sidekick. [[spoiler: He later becomes ''Syndrome'', and turns out to be the BigBad (case 2).]] Later, he wants Elastigirl to stay back, [[spoiler: but she convinces him they need to fight as a team (case 1).]] In both cases, he's just trying to keep his would-be sidekicks from getting killed.
** The first, at least, was justified: Buddy showed up unexpectedly, put himself and others in danger, and forced Mr. Incredible to choose between apprehending the villain and saving everybody. He perhaps wasn't as tactful as he could have been in pointing this out, but Buddy definitely deserved it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BladeTrinity'': Blade did this when he gets saved by the Nightstalkers, calling them rookies playing at vampire slayer.
* Batman again in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. What's the difference between himself and his imitators? He's not wearing hockey pads.[[note]]To be fair, also League of Assassin training and enough personal wealth to afford better-than-military grade combat gear[[/note]]
* Throughout most of ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Film/JamesBond doesn't look highly upon CIA operative Pam Bouvier, that is, until the end.

* [[Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar Griboyedov]] is not very fond of Maltsev during the Persian mission, and therefore tends to indulge in this trope, albeit relatively subtly.
* This is [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]'s initial reaction to the Alphas -- and in his defense, when they're introduced in ''Fool Moon'' they obviously ''are'' still quite green and new to this whole "werewolf" thing, plus they originally start out as some of his ''suspects'' --, but he does come around fairly quickly once they've proven themselves.
* In the ''{{Franchise/Discworld}}'' series, Vimes pretty clearly divides people in his own mind into two categories: "Coppers" and "(Other) Criminals I just haven't yet ''caught'' doing anything illegal". (He's not stupid, so he's aware that there's a third possibility ... "Innocent Bystander" ... but it's such a small category that he feels justified in ignoring it most of the time.) Until you've established that you're in category 1, he'll treat you as if you're in category 2. Repeats over and over again, pretty much every time a new person is added to the Watch, which generally happens because Vetinari forces him to do so.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The White Asparagus Triangulation" Leonard is starting to date a doctor named Stephanie Barnett and surprisingly, Sheldon considers her tolerable and wants to make her the final member of his social group. To accomplish this he starts helping Leonard with every detail in the dates fearing that Leonard will screw up the relationship if he doesn't act. Leonard, annoyed by his interference, tries to get rid of him at every opportunity he gets without success. The funny thing is that Sheldon actually ends up succeeding in making Leonard and Stephanie a couple despite all of Leonard's complaints.

* In the early years of ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', Kopaka was like this with pretty much everyone who tried to assist him. He has improved in this regard over the years, but he is still considered a bit of a loner.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamseries Arkham Series]] Batman is constantly telling his allies he doesn't need help when they suggest it, to the point he fails to thank them if they save his life. He learns to appreciate them after [[spoiler: Alfred temporarily dies]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins''... [[MyGreatestFailure But then Jason died]]. Thanks to this, [[AngerBornOfWorry he dislikes the idea of his allies working on the field.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has... Jade. Every episode Jackie tells her to stay with Uncle, leave the fighting to him, and stay out of danger. But to be fair he never tells her [[ExactWords which Uncle]][[note]]The guy named Uncle or her Uncle Jackie[[/note]] She never, ''ever'' listens. To her credit, she at least helps as much (if not more) than she hinders, Jackie never accepts her as his sidekick.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'': At the beginning of the cartoon, Buzz was bitter about his partner sacrificing his life. And so when several people came up to be his partner, he turned them all down. Eventually, he let them all join him and they become Team Lightyear.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': Darkwing often treated Gosalyn like this, much like in the Jackie Chan example above. Being her legal guardian, Darkwing sincerely didn't want Gosalyn getting hurt.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' has two, his niece "Penny" and the dog "Brain" which not only help but do everything entirely themselves.