->''"Once upon a time, I had somebody that I cared about... It was a partner. Somebody I had to look after. And in this world, that sort of shit's good for one thing: Gettin' you killed. So you know what I did? I wisened the fuck up, and realized it's got to be just me out there."''
-->-- '''[[CrazySurvivalist Bill]]''', ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''

%% One quote. Extras go on the quotes tab.

[[SomethingPerson Captain Lonerguy]] has just been offered by an equal to team up. Perhaps it is an out-of-town [[TheCape Cape]] looking for help on a case that wandered into the Captain's turf. Or his [[EnemyMine enemy needs help fighting off a power worse than the both of them]]. If Captain Lonerguy is lucky, it is [[ActionGirl an equally matched love interest]], [[DatingCatwoman regardless what side she's on]].

In any of these situations, the answer will always be the same. ''"I work alone."''

Cue in audience eyerolling as they must now sit through several scenes of Captain Lonerguy [[IneffectualLoner getting his ass handed to him]], only to be rescued by said offerer, just so that he can learn AnAesop about the PowerOfFriendship... or at least strength in numbers. (Even, mind you, if it turns out that he's an InformedLoner -- he actually doesn't seem to be alone a lot).
Occasionally, (and especially if they've had a partner or [[DeadSidekick sidekick]] [[FriendlyTarget die on them)]] they will strenuously refuse partnering with a RecklessSidekick, and/or [[HeroHarassesHelpers harass new helpers]] who ''are'' competent.

Even after they have learned their lesson, they may have to hear RememberThatYouTrustMe to keep it going.


TheHero really doesn't need other's help and is more badass for saying so. These guys are more likely a OneManArmy for their solitude. {{Cowboy Cop}}s and heroes that actually enjoy their solitude count in this type. A form of GoodIsNotNice. ThinkNothingOfIt and DontYouDarePityMe are common. Of course, saying this line can sometimes be TemptingFate, and in this particular instance, the usually competent hero might for once find himself in way over his head, and will, often reluctantly, accept the offer of help.

Compare LeaveMeAlone if characters reject others' offer to help them deal with his issues. Contrast with IJustWantToHaveFriends, TrueCompanions, or YouAreNotAlone.


The hero knows that they are TheOnlyOne who can deal with a problem, and [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies wants to protect everyone else]]. If they do team up, they're likely to make a SneakyDeparture and go fight the BigBad alone before it gets ugly.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series, Vegeta always wants to train alone, even though he could potentially become stronger if he trained with a sparring buddy. Perhaps justified given that the only potential sparring partner who'd be able to keep up with him is the guy he desperately wants to surpass; Vegeta wants training that he alone will benefit from.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandaloneComplex'', Aoi recites this when he is offered a position in Section 9.
* In ''[[Manga/Switch2002 Switch]]'' Hal does this and, despite emphasizing teamwork, rookie Hiki also tended to do this.
* Kouji Minamoto in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' for the first five episodes. And then he gets his ass handed to him by Grumblemon in episode 6 but he doesn't accept being part of a team until episode 7 after many fights with TheHero.
* Phoenix Ikki from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is a textbook case of this. Years after the manga debuted he's still off doing his own thing away.
** Until his TrueCompanions and ''specially'' [[KnightTemplarBigBrother his little brother Shun]] are in a pinch, that is. Then you'll have Ikki literally screaming MindRape on you.
* This is Chang Wufei's attitude throughout ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', until an encounter with the ZERO System convinces him that teaming up with the other pilots is the best course of action. He goes right back to being a loner in the post-series manga, culminating in ''Endless Waltz'' [[spoiler:where he does a FaceHeelTurn because he refuses to change his way of thinking.]]
* A common theme in sports manga/anime is having a very talented player say this repeatedly and refuse to team-work, often to see him/herself forced to when things go hard. Examples are: Kaede Rukawa from ''Manga/SlamDunk''; Koujiro Hyuuga, Louis Napoleon and [[spoiler: Natourezza]] from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''; Ryoma Echizen and Kaoru Kaidoh (at the beginning) from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''.
** PlayedForLaughs in the case of Takeshi Momoshiro and Ryoma, who try to play doubles and simply cannot do so in the Fudomine arc. Momoshiro gets over that later and becomes a decent doubles player, but Ryoma stays a singles player.
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' Sharon calls Break "Mr. One-Man-Show" because of his tendency to refuse help and go off on his own. He even says himself that he doesn't know how to fight as a team. He's actually pretty good at taking care of business by himself, but due to his [[spoiler:recent blindness and deteriorating overall physical condition]], his willingness to rely on others, however slightly, is part of his character development.
* George Schuyter of ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', as a result of [[DeadPartner losing his assistants one after the other]], falls into this to the point at which he actively forbids Muhyo and Roji from participating in the fight against Vector and ''threatens Roji with his sword'' when he arrives.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': After the TimeSkip, Saya, as part of her HeroicBSOD, makes this a priority and goes out of her way to avoid working with her pals in the Red Shield because, after [[spoiler:losing Riku]], she doesn't want to feel the pain of loss anymore. Eventually, she snaps out of it.
* This was actually the FatalFlaw of ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'''s Yuri Tsukikage. She was so confident in her abilities as Cure Moonlight, that she ignored her partner, Cologne, in finding allies. End result? A massive CurbStompBattle leading to Cologne's death and her temporary depowerment.
* [[IneffectualLoner Barnaby]] holds this stance for the first third or so of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', insisting that [[MessianicArchetype Kotetsu]]'s only good for getting in the way and being annoying. He changes his tune completely post-[[DefrostingIceKing defrosting]], to the point that he doesn't see any reason to be a Hero unless Kotetsu's there with him.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh!'': Seto Kaiba often utters this when someone offers their help. He actually despises the idea of team work because he hates relying on others, especially his rivals.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', a silent version is Homura's typical response to Mami.
* Cassandra from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' always preferred to work alone during her lifetime, secretly self-conscious about the "ugliness" of the Dust Eater technique that propelled her to the top rank of the Organization's warriors. When she let other people get closer to her, it did not end well at all: [[spoiler:one of them let the other be brutally murdered, copied Cassandra's technique, and had ''her'' executed, as well]].
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' and ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Misaki Shokuhou refuses to trust anybody whom her mental powers cannot affect, as she is extremely paranoid and tends to assume people she can't mind-read will betray her. She has reluctantly worked with the immune Mikoto Misaka a few times for a common goal, but they can't stand each other. Ironically, since she's madly in love with Touma Kamijou, she'll believe anything he says and follow his path anywhere, even though she can't read or affect his mind.
* In ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'', Yuu is constantly talking about how friends and teammates are useless and he only needs to rely on his own skill and strength to defeat vampires. He refuses to bond with anybody because after losing his friends and family, he wants to NeverBeHurtAgain. After several incidents where it's beaten into his head that vampires ''cannot'' be beaten alone, he finally gets it and TookALevelInKindness.
* In the pilot episode of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood'', Kimblee nearly says this word for word when asked to be a sidekick by [[spoiler:the Freezer Alchemist]], but uses his title instead.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Nearly every superhero team up starts with one of the parties saying this. Yes, we get it. You are usually alone on your beat. But aren't you [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld failing at school]], missing out on dating [[LovesMyAlterEgo the cool girl]] and generally sucking at your normal life [[SamaritanSyndrome because of all the crime-fighting]]? Why complain now that you have a {{sidekick}}?!
* This is Franchise/{{Batman}}'s favourite phrase, despite him nearly always having at least one sidekick, several other members of the Bat family, and regularly working with the Justice League.
** For all the BrokenBase over the Hush arc, it did a very good job of pointing out that for a supposed loner Batman has a huge surrogate family (from Alfred to the Robins to the JLA to random people from UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}).
** And now he's formed [[HeroesUnlimited Batman Inc.]], following a moment of self-realisation:
-->"The first truth of Batman. It had to be one I don't like to admit. The gunshots left me alone. For years I was alone in the echoing dark of that wait. But something else defined the exact moment Batman was born. The first truth of Batman. The saving grace. I was ''never'' alone. I had help."
* ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'': ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' admits to ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' that she's not a good partner because she's used to work alone.
* In the former page quote, SpiderMan and Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} are open to the occasional team-up but ''do'' work pretty exclusively alone, and attempts to change that generally don't work out. But {{Wolverine}} was created for a team book, and therefore almost always works in groups. He doesn't seem to have noticed. In fact, he is currently a member of four different teams.
** Though these days, Spider-Man is a regular with ComicBook/TheAvengers, having proved his worth as a member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
** Spider-Man may claim to be a loner, but he was the lead team up hero of the Marvel Team Up comics for almost every comic for over a decade, which as the name implies involves two superheroes getting together to fight off some menace. It gets to the point that future volumes and following comics after that are outright named after him.
** With Spider-Man, his usual basis of working alone comes from the fact that he was an unpopular and friendless kid for most of his life and was pretty much by himself for the beginnings of his hero-work. He likes to help others out, but he still seems to find it odd have a true team (though this along with the tragedies of his past may also be a reason.)
* In ''[[{{ComicBook/Huntress}} Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood]]'', Huntress has an extended soliloquy explaining that she feel's honor-bound to work alone because of the code of omerta. It's an interesting look at the duality of the character, because the same mafia that she is determined to destroy is also the source of her peculiar code of honor.
* In the ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' books, this is a large part of what helps distinguish the [[LegacyCharacter various]] Green Lanterns of Earth from one another: some of them are far more likely to work with fellow Corpsmen than others, and some are far more willing to serve as the Green Lantern Corps' representative on the ComicBook/JusticeLeague than others. Case in point: John Stewart was a decorated Marine veteran before he got his ring, and Guy Gardner (while something of a hothead) is a former college football player, so neither of them is any stranger to teamwork; by contrast, Hal Jordan is a former test pilot and Air Force ace, and Kyle Rayner is an artist, so both of them are far more likely to work on their own.[[note]] Somewhat amusingly: this may be a prime reason why many casual fans are more aware of John Stewart than Hal Jordan (despite Hal being a much older character), leading to some confusion over why the main character of the ''Film/GreenLantern'' movie adaptation was "a white guy"; John Stewart was selected as the Green Lantern of the popular ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' animated series that many Millennial children grew up with, likely because his personality made him better suited to working as part of a team.[[/note]]
* In the ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' eighth season story "Harmonic Divergence", a rookie Slayer named Soledad insisted on working alone, rejecting Buffy's group, and it was ''a disaster''. She targeted Harmony in the middle of a live broadcast of [[ShowWithinAShow "Harmony Bites"]], and was not only killed and drained (possibly Harmony's crowning moment as a villain, even if it was an accident) and exposed the Slayer Organization to the world in the process. This not gave Harmony's show a huge ratings boost, but enabled Harmony to level a great deal of MaliciousSlander towards them for a while.

* Pee Wee Herman in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'': "I'm a loner, Dottie. A Rebel."
* Every single buddy cop movie that starts with them not being buddies.
** Pretty much every action adventure cop movie really
* Used (word for word) in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. Buddy Pine, Mr. Incredible's self-proclaimed "biggest fan", invites himself on the hero's adventures, only to be rejected on the grounds that he's a kid in way over his head. Buddy grows up to become the supervillain Syndrome, and embarks on a decades-long revenge quest against not only Mr. Incredible, [[DisproportionateRetribution but all superheroes everywhere.]] He even brings this up after (seemingly) ''murdering Mr. Incredible's entire family.''
-->'''Syndrome:''' [[LackOfEmpathy Ah, you'll get over it.]] I seem to recall you prefer to...[[IronicEcho "work alone?"]]
* ''Film/{{Eraser}}''. Kruger refuses to work with other agents in the Witness Protection program to prevent the possibility of a leak. (It turns out his caution is more than justified).
-->'''Kruger:''' "I work alone. If anyone comes to you and claims that I sent them... ''(hands witness a revolver)''...use this."
* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'': At the end of the movie, Hoot tells Eversman "I'm faster on my own" before he goes out again to search for the missing pilot.
* Lisbeth Salander in the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (movie version of "Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy")
* Film/JamesBond adopts (and even states) this mentality to Q and Pam in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', in his quest to take down Franz Sanchez and his drug empire. Still, it's implied that he's going solo because he doesn't want their deaths on his hands, as the last person - Bond's ally Felix Leiter - who tried to mess with Sanchez, he ended up brutally mauled and his wife killed.
** When Bond encounters his DistaffCounterpart Wai Lin in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', he suggests they [[DoubleEntendre hook up]] during their ShowerScene after escaping mooks [[ChainedHeat while handcuffed together]] on a motorbike. She gives this trope and leaves him handcuffed to a pipe. As always, they end up working together anyway.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Mystique [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this on her preference to Nightcrawler when he asks why he can't go with her.
* Léon in ''Film/TheProfessional'' refuses to train Matilda for this exact reason.
* ''Film/TheBourneIdentity''. The Treadstone agents, though at that point Bourne is unaware of it, thanks to his amnesia.
-->'''Bourne:''' Who else is out here? Who else -- how many you got out here? [[ImpliedDeathThreat I'm not gonna ask you again.]]
-->'''Professor:''' I work alone, like you. We always work alone.
* ''The Infiltrator'' (2016). When the protagonist, a married undercover FBI agent, claims he has a fiancee to get out of sleeping with a prostitute provided by the criminals he's infiltrating, the FBI insist on providing a female agent as the 'fiancee'. He gives this trope, but she turns out to be a natural at undercover work.

* In ''Prisoner of the Horned Helmet'', the main character had his entire tribe destroyed when he was 9 or 10 (he doesn't know which). as a result, he swears to never depend on other people, and will not work with anything that has two legs. He does have a pet wolf, though.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', Troy did not make friends easily among the other refugees and is isolated.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', D'Eyree realizes that she is vulnerable because she's always been solitary.
* Lisbeth Salander in "Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy". From the beginning of the first book, it is known that she works as a private investigator, and never comes into the office unless to deliver a report. She talks to people only when necessary and cuts off all contact with Blomkvist in the second book because [[spoiler: she has fallen in love with him]], then loses contact with the few friends she has when she travels around the world in the second book. When she comes home after more than a year she remembers that she had a casual girlfriend, Miriam Wu, who she didn't say goodbye to.
** When Blomkvist repeatedly offers her help in the second book when [[spoiler: Lisbeth becomes the Prime Suspect of a murder investigation]] Lisbeth denies him, because she looks out for herself, never trusting anyone to help her. This leads to [[spoiler: her taking on Zalachenko and Niedermann by herself, and getting shot in the head. The reason she survives, is because Blomkvist finds her in time to call an ambulance, and duct tapes the wounds on her body, to which she responds "Kalle Fucking Blomkvist" ]]
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Nikita has been refusing or getting rid of her assigned partners for the last three years, partly because she's bad at working with others, partly because she has too many secrets to be comfortable with people getting close to her, and partly because she worries that they're her mother's spies. Robin is the seventeenth attempt at having her team up with someone, and the first one that sticks.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Averting this trope is what makes Buffy different from other Slayers, who are only supposed to work with their [[TheHandler Watcher]]. Instead from the first episode, Buffy gathers a RagtagBunchOfMisfits who are eventually dubbed the Scooby Gang, and it's usually not a good sign whenever Buffy finds herself drifting apart from them. For instance "The Wish" shows an AlternateUniverse where Buffy doesn't have her friends; Wishverse!Buffy is an emotionless killing machine who is easily finished off by the BigBad.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'': Sophia says this a few times when someone interjects as she's telling a Sicily story.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Fourth Doctor would have preferred this, and he says as much to the White Guardian in "The Ribos Operation" at a point when he's finally without one--but he has Romana forced on him anyway. In his final story, "Logopolis", Four grouses that he didn't pick ''any'' of his companions; they were all stowaways, had accidentally boarded the TARDIS, or had otherwise pressed themselves on him. (This fit exactly with the attitude of Creator/TomBaker, who famously argued that the companions be eliminated and that he instead carry a talking cabbage around on his shoulder to handle any necessary exposition.)
** After having lost two companions in tragic ways, the Tenth Doctor insisted on traveling alone, claiming that he didn't want to have his hearts broken again.
*** Deconstructed in the episode "The Waters of Mars", where after having spent too much time traveling without [[MoralityPet companions]], the Doctor goes mad over his inability to change a fixed point in time, and adopts an AGodAmI persona, claiming that since he's the last Time Lord, then the laws of time are his to command. He refers to humans as "little people" and is only [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone brought back]] when a woman whose life he saved committed suicide in order to preserve the timeline.
*** Then subverted with ''End of Time''.
--->'''Wilf''': Have you got anyone?
--->'''The Doctor''': No. Traveling alone. I thought it was better, I thought... but I did some things, they went wrong... I need... [[[TearJerker voice breaks]]]
** The Eleventh Doctor went into this mode for a while after losing Amy and Rory Pond (who weren't just companions, but actually his in-laws and the only thing close to a family he had left). It takes meeting (and basically falling for) Clara Oswin Oswald in "The Snowmen" to snap him out of it.
* Abby of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Her bosses occasionally forced her to take on lab assistants, but she drove them away. After one of them [[spoiler: tried to stab her]], management decided to leave well enough alone.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': Jesse has this problem. He used to be out in the field but got put behind a desk mainly because he didn't work well with others.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter tells Miguel this in season three and Lumen in season five, but it didn't really work out either time.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder is originally portrayed this way. He hates the fact that he's been partnered with Scully and spends most of the first season alternating between annoying the hell out of her and being nice to her. By season two, though, he doesn't work alone...he just works with Scully. And if he can't work with Scully, he wants to work alone. He doesn't like be partnered with anyone else even for a short time. Scully does the same thing in season 8 when partnered with John Doggett.
* Andros from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' is portrayed this way, especially when he's introduced. He's not thrilled to run into the former [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo Rangers]], and fully intends to send them back to Earth and out of his way. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is learning the value of working with a team. He does have FreudianExcuse though - [[spoiler:his former partner, Zhane (the Silver Ranger), was severely injured in a fight a few years ago and is now in a coma.]]
** [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Merrick]] does this as well; he shows up to fight, but the rest of the time he stays as far away from the team as possible. Gradually eases over the series, and by the last few episodes Cole and Alyssa are turning up at his work and he agrees to join a party on the Animarium.
** [[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Robo Knight]] is another one that needs to warm up to interacting with others.
* Sailor Mars pulls this after she receives her powers in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', though she kept getting pulled into battles with the other scouts, and Usagi wasn't about to stop trying to be her friend.
** Sailor V/Venus pulls this too, when she's pretending to be the Moon Princess the others are supposed to protect.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]], Jake initially does not want the help of the other Special Children, but changes his tune after he runs into his first demon.
* Parodied (like everything else) in ''Series/AngieTribeca'': Angie constantly asserts that she doesn't need help or a partner. Not even when moving a sofa.
* In the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]], Damian Darhk reacts to Eobard Thawne's offer of an [[LegionOfDoom alliance]] with this. Since Darhk is the head of HIVE, a large, international NebulousEvilOrganisation, it rings a little hollow, which Eobard calls him on. [[spoiler: One BreakingSpeech about his future failure later, Darhk agrees to work with Thawne]].

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Bad News Brown]]'s whole gimmick in WWE was a misanthropic loner who hated everybody. This was less so everywhere else, as he was a 3x Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ca/s/hw/ams-t.html Americas (Los Angeles) Tag Team Champion]] and he teamed regularly in Japan.
* [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner Gorgeous George]] was in several tag matches over his career, but he wasn't very successful in them.
* While Wrestling/SurvivalTobita, the star of Saitama Pro Wrestling Company, has been in tag matches in other promotions, he's known primarily as a singles wrestler.
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's teams actually tended to be pretty successful, they were just infrequent, as he lived by the mantra "[=DTA=] - don't trust anybody".
* "Wrestling/MercedesMartinez needs no one!" has practically become her {{catch phrase}} in SHINE. The shuffling of two {{power stable}}s, couldn't make her stop screaming it at anyone who would listen, noor the possible emergence of two more.
* Wrestling/CMPunk has a well-known reputation as "stable poison" -- every faction that he has been a part of in the WWE fizzled out with him being the only one to make it out intact. The New Breed, the Straight Edge Society, the New Nexus...it was probably part of why Wrestling/TheShield were never officially connected to him any way.
* Wrestling/RandyOrton is very much the same as Punk, though it's mainly because he's simply too unstable to keep a leash on and has either complete indifference to visceral hatred for just about everybody.

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' uses another variant. In the first game, several different players attempted to assist the godmodder. Each time it resulted in the godmodder stating that he did not want anyone else doing his job, and then pounding them into the ground, or [[HurlItIntoTheSun throwing them into the sun]].

* In the 4th Edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the history of the enmity between Bahamut and Tiamat dates back to one dragon god named Io, the Creator of Dragonkind. Short version: A wise and noble being, yet very arrogant, Io was too proud to accept help when the other gods formed groups for mutual protection in the ancient war against the primordial. So it was that Io challenged a powerful primordial named Erek-Hus, the King of Terror by himself, and lost, split down the middle by the abominations mighty axe. But then, to Erek-Hus' shock, two young gods sprouted from Io's remains, Bahmut from the left and Tiamat from the right. The two new deities leapt at the primordial, tearing him to pieces. But when they looked upon each other, they hated each other at once. Bahamut embodied Io's desire to protect creation and his fairness, while Tiamat embodied his hubris, arrogance, and greed. As the story goes, even after the gods were victorious over the primordials, one thing that both Bahamut ''and'' Tiamat kept from their parent was the desire to work alone. Since that day, Tiamat rarely makes alliances with any other evil being as equals, while Bahamut, while revered by good dragons, can be one of the least approachable of good deities.

* Kopaka says this, word-for-word to Pohatu in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
-->'''Kopaka''': I work alone.\\
'''Pohatu''': What, by choice? Or just [[LonersAreFreaks 'cause nobody else can stand you?]]
** Kopaka's mostly gotten over it by the end of the story, however.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Noble Six's rep in ''VideoGame/HaloReach''. He's even referred to as a "Lone Wolf".
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Amarant works alone. Naturally he is a "survival of the fittest" kinda player... and eventually learns ThePowerOfFriendship from Zidane, after an object lesson or two.
* Lightning spends the majority of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' merely tolerating the rest of the group. She outright ignores Sazh, constantly tries to ditch the others, and tries to abandon Hope when it becomes clear that he can't keep up. She punches Snow twice, slaps Fang, and is hostile to pretty much everyone. She views the rest of the team as obstacles slowing her down, and it's only after a heart to heart with Hope that she slowly begins to realize how precious teamwork is.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'', Havoc outright states that he left the Dead-6 commando unit because he works better alone. When he's forced into working with his old team again regardless, he makes sure they're all okay following a botched insertion... then basically orders them to sit on the sidelines for the rest of the game while he does all the work.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'':
** Urdnot Wrex points out that he's never been much of one for working in an organized army, as "things get... ''messy.''" He works best alone, or "in very small groups." Fortunately, Shepard's team counts as such.
** Previous to that, the turian Spectre Nihlus declines to accompany Commander Shepard's ground team on the mission in Eden Prime, claiming that he moves faster on his own. [[spoiler:This ends up getting him shot in the back of the head by his colleague Saren.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] works alone. The game manages to look at his attitude from a couple of different angles; although the early parts of Squall's story mode seem to set it up as a [[LonersAreFreaks problem he needs to get over]], and he eventually ends up working with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]], the latter half of his story mode reveals that his choice to travel alone isn't because he doesn't trust the other heroes, but because he prefers to help them by taking on the villains by himself and eliminating at least some of them before they can cause the others problems.
** More complicated than that, even. He fights alone because he doesn't want the burden of ''directly'' protecting people (it's too stressful, and far too easy to make a mistake and get someone killed), and because he trusts his friends to be able to take care of themselves. He knows they're strong and capable, so he doesn't worry about them unless he has to (such as when he saves Zidane and Bartz). He's not ''opposed'' to helping others, and in fact he does it without hesitation (running to rescue Bartz with Zidane, for example), but he just finds it's easier to push his limits when he's on his own.
*** To elaborate, the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior]] [[TheHero of]] [[TheCape Light]] confronts Squall half-way through his story and calls him out on his apparent lone wolf attitude, mistaking it as a sign of distrust. After their battle, the Warrior of Light realizes that Squall's intentions aren't as selfish as they appear to be, with the latter providing the above-mentioned explanation for his actions.
** Funnily enough, the Warrior of Light also has shades of this. Not in his attitude, but in his actions, [[NotSoDifferent not entirely unlike Squall]] (who irritably observes the comparison in his InnerMonologue when the Warrior of Light confronts him about his choice to go it alone). What ultimately subverts this, however, is the Warrior of Light's [[TheDeterminator absolute faith in his fellow comrades and Cosmos]], [[BatmanGambit which is probably something the latter counted on]].
* ''VideoGame/ThiefIITheMetalAge'': Garrett says it near the end; there's an Aesop present, and it probably sticks, though he backslides furiously throughout most of the sequel.
* In both ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII games]], anyone with the "Lone Wolf" trait loses combat effectiveness when in the presence of other allies. Exemplified by Nils Daerden from the first game, who also has no other character to list as a "friend".
* Herschel Biggs in ''VideoGame/LANoire'' before he eventually accepts Cole Phelps.
* Epicly subverted with a big dose of lecture in the beginning of ''VideoGame/WildArms3''. After the intro sequence and all four character were in a bar, Jet announced that he works alone. Virginia would have none of it, replying directly with "What have ''you'' achieved while you were alone?" Make no mistake, it takes a significant chunk of the game for Jet to truly have a meaningful character development, but at least the intent is there.
* [[CrazySurvivalist Bill]] from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' firmly believes that depending on others is stupid and that you should only count on yourself. [[{{Jerkass}} He is extremely rude]] and [[TeethClenchedTeamwork only seems to work with you to get you out of his holdout]], not because you need his help.
* Geralt repeatedly says in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' that he prefers to hunt monsters alone, though (depending on the player's choice) he may [[FriendshipMoment make an exception for Sigfried]]--or refuse his help and play this trope completely straight.
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' has two characters who play this: [[ActionGirl Molly]] from Season 1, and with [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Jane]] in Season 2. Molly plays this trope fairly conventionally, but in Jane's case, it's a DeconstructedTrope - she's introduced as a cold, pragmatic badass just like Molly was, but as she stays and works with the group, [[DefrostingIceQueen she thaws out]] and it becomes apparent that she just holds this trope as her ''modus operandi'' because she's scared of losing people close to her, just like her younger sister, Jaime. With that in mind, it explains why [[spoiler:she pulls this trope straight-up and leaves the group after Sarah is eaten alive.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', the Reason of Musubi is a deliberate attempt to instil this mindset [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial as part of the foundations of the universe]].
* Subverted with the Demon Lords DLC mission of ''VideoGame/DigimonStoryCyberSleuth''. [[VideoGame/DigimonWorldDawnDusk Sayo]] refuses the help of the main character on account of her "pride as a tamer", but Mirei reminds her that there's nothing she ''can'' do; to rescue her partner Dianamon she has to face the BonusBosses of the DLC which she can't do without her partner, forcing her to accept the player's help.
** Invoked for Arata who [[spoiler: goes on the lam after taking blame for the Tokyo blackout]]. Nokia calls him out for trying to look cool, but Yuuko correctly identifies it as [[spoiler: an attempt to protect his friends.]] But when the player meets him again, he admits that [[spoiler: being on the run]] really sucks but is still willing to keep up the act.
* Teba in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. After a previous attempt to neutralize [[HumongousMecha Divine Beast Vah Medoh]] resulted in him being the only [[BirdPeople Rito]] warrior alive and uninjured, he immediately starts prepping his bow and arrows for another attack on his own. He's annoyed when Link, a flightless Hylian invited to help by the Rito elder Kaneli, shows up asking for an aerial lift up to the Divine Beast. Only after he tests Link's archery skills and witnesses the latter's BulletTime abilities does he relent.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Butterfly}}'': Parodied; Bat-Knight, a CaptainErsatz of Batman, says this constantly despite being surrounded by sidekicks and etc.
* Arvval in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}''. Faevv too shows tendencies of this.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010709c Why Bob and Mynd]] can not [[WeCanRuleTogether rule together]].
* ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'' Mr. Thorne lives alone: [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter2/35.html I do not find it lonely at all!]]
* In ''Webcomic/WakeTheSleepers'', [[http://wakethesleepers.com/comics/60 Locke rejects Oralee's company.]]
* Benjamin Prester of ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience''. Justified, as it turns out: [[spoiler:His ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder is under sufficient control to enable him to hold down a job in the police taskforce dedicated to handling Mad Scientists, but the emotional trauma he suffers when his new partner is attacked and apparently killed pushes him into a relapse.]]
** And in fact, back [[spoiler:in his mad scientist days]], he not only didn't work alone, but [[spoiler:was the only main scientist to build a true alliance with other mad scientists, his friends]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1081 Monique tries to convince herself that she's independent, free, unfettered.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1625491/blue-yonder-chapter-2-page-31/ the Davenports are characterized as this (collectively)]].
* In ''Webcomic/FarOut'',
** [[http://kimiq.com/farout/en/2012/08/29/farout-page01/ the main robot is introduced with captions about how he loves solitude.]] [[http://kimiq.com/farout/en/2013/02/06/farout-page-23/ Though not so much once he's prisoner.]]
** [[http://kimiq.com/farout/en/2013/03/28/farout-page-27/ Another character, in town, bleakly thinks I just want them to leave me alone.]]
* In ''Webcomic/RedsPlanet'', [[http://www.redsplanet.com/comic/rp/ch03/chapter-three-38/ Red insists on this, briefly.]]
* Jyu Viole Grace from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' rejects the option to recruit 7 team members for a team based test and asks the administrator to fail everybody else. [[spoiler: This is because he is working for his boss because [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure his friends are being held hostage]] and he really doesn't want to [[ItsNotYouItsMe bring more people into this.]] Ultimately, he becomes an ally of Ja Wangnan and the rest because of his good nature. And that's good, otherwise Ja would have been eviscerated and his organs would have been sold off.]]
* Lalli from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' always performs his primary duty, night scouting, alone. In this case, Lalli just doesn't want to have to deal with anyone else breaking his groove when he's trying to sneak in the woods at night. When it comes to his other duties, Lalli is friendly enough, even though his [[NoSocialSkills social skills are... lacking.]]
* Heartful Punch of ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'' is known for going on nightly monster patrols alone when teams of three or more are the norm. When asked about it, HP acknowledges that doing so is scary, but "there's just lots of things that scare [her] more." After spending time with Undine, HP changes her mindset some, wondering if going solo was simply her own way of being a coward, and offers to become an unofficial pair with Undine.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In one of LazyMuffin's flash animations, "James and the Chief," James says, "I work alone, or with my old partner... Which is dead... So this can't be done."
* Spoofed in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', where Strong Bad's CowboyCop alter ego Dangeresque claims "I work alone! 'Cept when I work with Renaldo, which is all the time!"
* Variant in ''The Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'': the Red Panda works with a sidekick, but adamantly refuses to work with other superheroes or allow them into his city.
* In the Third Grade, ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool's'' Brittnay Matthews had this attitude before Mackenzie saves her from trouble (that the latter caused in order to teach the former how valuble it is to have friends).
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Qrow Branwen is a Huntsman who fights without a partner, operating instead as a lone agent for the government of Vale. [[spoiler:Given his Semblance is [[BlessedWithSuck giving everyone in proximity to him bad luck]], this suits him just fine.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman,'' Batman is actually the one to suggest to Franchise/{{Superman}} that he should join the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague, but Superman is the one to say "I work alone": An intentional flip of their usual interaction. Cue that annoying gnawing at the back of your head (there's a special shampoo for that). Less than 24 hours ago Batman saved Superman from another [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite-laden]] disaster and Supes is right back to the notion that friends don't help in no time. [[ThePowerOfFriendship Guess what the rest of the episode was about]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' have splurged this line about a million times each. In one memorable WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague moment, Batman uses the fact that he's not an official Justice League member to conduct his own investigation when the official founding members decide to turn themselves in to defuse a tense situation.
** And in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Warhawk (a member of the future Justice League) told Terry that his mentor had "never been more than a part-timer". Terry seemed to reflect that, turning down an offer for full-time membership.
** Bats has the most extended crime-fighting family in Franchise/TheDCU, save possibly the ComicBook/TeenTitans. Nightwing, Robin, Oracle, Batgirl, Spoiler, Huntress, Alfred, the Outsiders, etc. And yet he's constantly trying to sell himself as a lone-wolf-type. At least sometimes he says, "I work ''best'' alone."
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'': In the pilot movie, Buzz takes this attitude after his former partner, Warp Darkmatter, was killed on a mission. It's only after Buzz finds out that Warp [[FakingTheDead faked his death]] to [[FaceHeelTurn work for Zurg]] that he manages to get over his guilt and accept his new teammates.
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck in the pilot and the "Just Us Justice Ducks" two-parter.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Parodied by Tommy Gilligan, after he quits the organization.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': Parodied by Buttercup, after she adopts a ComicBook/{{Spawn}}-like alter ego (she's also hampered by the "only works at night" thing).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Aqualad and Beast Boy exchange this before Aqualad points out Beast Boy is part of a team and Beast Boy retorts that Aqualad "hangs out with a fish dude".
** Robin had an "I work alone now" period in the flashback episode "Go!" It lasted approximately four minutes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': "Me Grimlock go with you... but me Grimlock go with you -- alone!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** Comicbook/IronMan expresses this attitude at the start, when he fights crime out of a personal ambition to keep his weapons out of enemy hands. Soon, four other superheroes help him defeat Graviton. Iron Man subsequently proposes the formation of a full-time superhero team, to combat threats one hero can not overcome alone.
** ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} became betrayed by his crimefighting partner, Comicbook/BlackWidow, and arrested by SHIELD early on into the series. After he breaks out of jail and clears his name, he decides to chase down Black Widow alone, until [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] makes him join the Avengers. Even then, he expresses an initial preference for the other Avengers not to join his personal pursuit.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' doesn't initially warm up to the thought of assisting four rookie superheroes as part of his SHIELD training. Unlike most examples though... he has legitimate reasons [[DesignatedHero not to trust them]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight Sparkle had this attitude in the pilot, with a [[NoSocialSkills pretty good]] [[AmbiguousDisorder justification]], but mostly worked through it thanks to CharacterDevelopment.
** In "Daring Don't", Daring Do initially refuses Rainbow Dash's aid due to her reclusive nature, but later needs her to help stop Ahuizotl from using the Rings of Scorchero.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegoTheAdventuresOfClutchPowers'', the titular character is TheAce who is used to and good enough to work alone on missions, even when offered help. Naturally, he's given a team after a private adventure in the beginning, and quite a few problems occur because they can't coordinate their abilities.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels: Spark of Rebellion'', Ezra Bridger says this to Agent Kallus when he accuses him of being a Jedi Padawan training under Kanan Jarrus, as he believes that no one would actually stick their necks out to help others. Not long after, however, Kallus's accusation ends up becoming true.
** ''Literature/ANewDawn'' reveals that Hera used to go by this (to the point that she almost seemed MarriedToTheJob), believing that people would just get in her way. Hanging out with Kanan for the entire book convinces her that [[YouAreNotAlone she doesn't have to fight alone]], which leads to her inviting Kanan to join her in her fight against the Empire. [[ForegoneConclusion And as we know from the show]], the ''Ghost'' crew wouldn't have formed without her CharacterDevelopment in ''A New Dawn''.
* In "[=ShiverJack=]" on ''WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverlandPirates'', when Captain Hook proposes a team-up with [=ShiverJack=], [=ShiverJack=] stops him before he can even finish speaking and then tells him that he works alone.
* WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot's [[TheHermit Garrett]] has a theme song. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPLtD6N9WO0 You should listen to it.]]