[[TheHero Some heroes]] aren't [[AllLovingHero shining paragons]] [[KnightInShiningArmour of virtue]]. Frankly, [[HeroicComedicSociopath some heroes]] [[ByronicHero aren't fit to]] [[FakeUltimateHero bear the]] [[NoHeroToHisValet title of]] AntiHero. And sometimes, just sometimes, [[WhatTheHellHero the rest of the squad notices this...]] and act accordingly.

There's no WhatTheHellHero this time for the unfortunate bungler. Usually after a colossal screw up or a moment of incredible selfishness, the hero has completely alienated the rest of the team and they're leaving with disgust, if not actually out for their former leaders blood. If lucky they will merely be forcibly demoting the former leader. This rarely leads to a dead hero, but it often leads to the hero being on his own for a while while he gets his act together.

Resolutions to this vary.

* The hero may have a chance to redeem himself, and usually the rest of the squad is beleaguered while the hero learns his lesson and joins in with new skills and determination sorely needed, becoming the team's needed leader once again.
* Alternatively, the hero and his lancer or other capable member may change positions. (Expect this one to cause trouble later.)
* The hero may find himself JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope as a FallenHero. This will also cause trouble as he's often one of the strongest characters, especially if his team abandoned him on moral grounds, and this kind of split is almost always on moral grounds as grounds of competence would simply lead to demotion.
* If there were people who still agree with the current hero, there may be a case of DividedWeFall as the heroes turn on one another.
* Rarely, it turns out that ''the companions'' are becoming more morally ambiguous or even outright evil while TheHero is still morally upright. The companions disagree with TheHero's [[PetTheDog dog petting]], refusal to ShootTheDog, and their general policy of HonorBeforeReason. Depending on the tone of the story, the companions are either brought around, manage to corrupt the hero too, or force TheHero to find new TrueCompanions.
* Sometimes ([[AuthorOnBoard oftentimes]], if you're cynical), it turns out that it was the ''TrueCompanions'' who are in the wrong, not TheHero. The author actually does want you to stay on the hero's side and complaints from the rest of the team are painted as bad cases of PoorCommunicationKills, HonorBeforeReason, or even TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong. If this is the case TheHero will usually bring the rest of the team around after getting a chance to explain himself.
* Finally, on very rare occasions the hero and his team may split off entirely, the former hero eventually joining up with another heroic, neutral [[FaceHeelTurn or evil]] group while the rest continue on.

Contrast DividedWeFall, where dissension arises despite the hero being in the right. Sub-trope of {{We ARE Struggling Together}}, which covers general good guy division.

The reasons for using this trope are numerous; it provides a moment of introspection for the hero and audience for the hero to really come to grips with his or her ideals and true feelings... and how far the hero has fallen away from them. And, perhaps, how that selfishness in putting the heroes own feelings above the needs of the group has led him away from cherished ideals... which the character finds he or she feels ''even more'' strongly about than the issues he or she was having before.

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* ''CodeGeass'' has this happen near the finale when [[spoiler:the Black Knights [[IdiotBall for some reason decide to believe one of the leaders of the empire they've been fighting the whole series]] and betray Lelouch. They even ''fight at his side'' in the FinalBattle due to Lelouch apparently having fully embraced his Britannian heritage and become Emperor, ready to conquer the world.]]

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* A version happens to [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] when he becomes Parallax- he's almost immediately abandoned by his allies (though his habit of taking people's rings and leaving them stranded in space doesn't help) and even when he returns is viewed with much suspicion by the other Lanterns, with the exception of the Earth Lanterns and Kilowog.
* Happens in ''The Outsiders'' (v. 3) after Nightwing's actions lead to Thunder's being injured. He's demoted, and Jade becomes team leader.

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* Happens briefly in ''Film/CaptainBlood'', when Peter wants to take his crew to Port Royale where the vengeful governor and the entire English fleet is waiting to string them up. He manages to talk them round.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', the rest of the family want to go and help Springfield, which is in a certain level of trouble to say the least. Homer refuses (the family were out of town at the time for very good reasons.) and storms out in a huff. When he returns, the family have gone without him, leaving a {{Tearjerker}} of a message behind them.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' starts to lose sight of the whole redemption thing in the second season (not helped by Darla screwing with his head) and becomes increasingly morally ambiguous. When Team Angel confronts him about this, he fires them. They carry on in his absence, and he eventually comes to a realisation about what he's been doing and comes back, offering to work for them instead of them working for him. He does end up in charge again, but it takes a while.
** Angel also subverts this trope in its last season. Angel starts to distance himself from the team, as well as acting more and more like he has given up on hero business and is now playing the game for his own gain only. It ends with the team confronting him in person, and just as they're about to revolt, he reveals that he's been faking it to gain the trust of the Circle of the Black Thorn.
* Something similar happens toward the end of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season seven. Buffy has been steadily losing all sense of perspective through the season, and eventually the potential-army confronts her about it. They're initially just trying to demote her, but when she makes it clear she won't work ''for'' them and is unwilling to run things by democracy, Dawn tells her to get out of the house.
** In this case, the potentials and their new leader (Faith of all people) immediately screw up even worse than they had accused Buffy of doing, while Buffy goes off and actually accomplishes some victories on her own (including, recovering a magical weapon that ends up being the MacGuffin they need to win in the finale, and killing the Dragon). Buffy ends up back in charge, accepting that she had been overly critical and needed to accept input from other people, while the potentials realize just what a burden she had been carrying and cut her some slack.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has ''three'' possible occurances of this, two of which happen at the same point. These occur if you choose to [[spoiler: defile the [[MacGuffin Urn of Sacred Ashes]] so the crazy man lets you into his [[{{cult}} super special club]]. If you have Leliana and/or Wynne with you at the time, they will openly attack you.]] The third happens if you haven't gotten [[{{stoic}} Sten's]] approval high enough and you get far enough into the story. At that point [[spoiler: he will question your leadership and if you can't persuade him, he will also attack you.]] Although that is somewhat less of an example than the first.
* This is a classic BioWare trope in general. Piss off your team enough in ''BaldursGate'' and they leave. Pick the Dark Side endings in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' or ''JadeEmpire'' and you'll have to slaughter ''most'' of your crew when they invoke this.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', after [[spoiler:the events of Akzeriuth]], the party abandons Luke in disgust. He eventually redeems himself, but it takes a long time.
* For ''Videogame/OgreBattle64'' this is a possible ending if your chaos frame is too low. [[spoiler:The members of the resistance rant about how the PlayerCharacter captured the cities instead of liberating them. Making it a case of BecameTheirOwnAntithesis and not listening to the people. There is also the practical reason that if the man who pretty much won the whole war for them comes back he might be made king instead.]]
* Possible in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' either when you take certain story choices with certain followers in your party, or just if your actions stray too far from their alignment and offend their sensibilities so much they decide to ditch you. Magnus is one of the easier ones to get this with, if you let him join and then make certain choices when dealing with [[spoiler:the necromancers running P. Schuyler & Sons jewelers]], or just if you attack too many good-aligned creatures unprovoked. This includes some random pigs a farmer asks you to clear out of his fields because they're eating the crops.

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* Happens very briefly during ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' to Roy when he refuses to go back to help Elan, who has been kidnapped by bandits. The rest of the group, even Belkar, insists on going back for him, while Roy wants to press on. In the end, the group leaves to save Elan while Roy presses on alone. Roy eventually [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes how this goes against everything he was supposed to believe in]] and dashes back to help.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode ''Bato of the Water Tribe'', [[TheChosenOne Aang]] hides a letter meant for the eponymous Bato because it contains the location of [[LoveInterest Katara]] and Sokka's [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou father]] and he's afraid they'll leave him. While they had, unknown to Aang, refused Bato's offer to visit Dad, when Aang [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging guiltily]] confesses they change their minds out of disgust [[spoiler:briefly. Then they decide helping Aang was more important after all, and nothing more ever comes of it.]]
** Also played with in the second season, when [[spoiler:Appa is kidnapped]], Aang has a HeroicBSOD and lashes out at everyone. He (emotionally) abandons them rather than the other way around, forcing [[TheLancer Katara]] to take charge.
* The cartoon ''Noahs Island'' has an episode where the entire island rebels against Noah for an episode. The following episode opens with them holding a vote and making him captain of the island (said island is a drifting section of another island) again.
* In WesternAnimation/SouthPark, Cartman forms the "Coon & Friends" supergroup for his "superhero" alter-ego The Coon, along with the rest of the group coming up with their own more or less imaginative superhero personas. [[JerkAss Cartman's]] usual behavior persuing a superhero that won't join his group and trying to blackmail him into joining eventually makes the rest of the group kick him out. Although, they still keep the group name because "it pisses him off so much" and continue meeting in his mom's basement. In retaliation, Cartman ends up joining with ''Cthulhu'' himself in his selfish quest at vengeance, murdering thousands in the process, all while continuing to portray himself as the hero in the ArtShift comic book narrations.

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