->''"I don't do partners. You know that, Cap."''
-->-- '''Herschel Biggs''', ''VideoGame/LANoire''

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[[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 [[StrangeBedfellows 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 [[GenreSavvy 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.

-OR-

TheHero really doesn't need other's help and is more {{Badass}} for saying so. {{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.

Contrast with IJustWantToHaveFriends, TrueCompanions, or YouAreNotAlone.

-OR-

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.

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!!Examples:

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[[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 is the guy he desperately wants to surpass; Vegeta wants training that he alone will benefit from.
* In ''GhostInTheShellStandaloneComplex'', Aoi recites this when he is offered a position in Section 9.
* In ''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.
* Jyu Viole Grace from ''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 beeen sold off.]]
* Phoenix Ikki from ''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 ''GundamWing'', 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 repeteadly and refuse to team-work, often to see him/herself forced to when things go hard. Examples are: Kaede Rukawa from SlamDunk; Koujiro Hyuuga, Louis Napoleon and [[spoiler: Natourezza]] from CaptainTsubasa; Ryoma Echizen and Kaoru Kaidoh (at the beginning) from 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 ''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 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 ''HeartcatchPrecure'''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 ''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]].
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[[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 the SilverAge)
** 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."
* 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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Pee Wee Herman in ''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 ''TheIncredibles''.
** Also ends up pushing Buddy/Syndrome to his FaceHeelTurn. [[BeamMeUpScotty Hell hath no fury like a ]] [[WhosLaughingNow sidekick scorned.]]
* ''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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Troy did not make friends easily among the other refugees and is isolated.
* In AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', 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" ]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Wishverse!Buffy isn't big on the teamwork.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'': Sophia says this a few times when someone interjects as she's telling a Sicily story.
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'', for a while.
** After having lost two companions in tragic ways, the Doctor insisted on traveling alone, claiming that he didn't want to have his hearts broken again.
** 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]]]
* 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.
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[[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 [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ca/s/hw/ams-t.html NWA 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.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* ''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]].
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* In the 4th Edition of ''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.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Kopaka says this, word-for-word to Pohatu in ''Franchise/{{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.
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[[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.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'', Havoc outright states that he left the Dead-6 commando unit because he works better alone, and it turns out that he ''does.''
* ''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.
-->''"[[FreudianExcuse Let me tell ya a story]]. Once upon a time, I had somebody that I cared about. It was a partner. Somebody I had to look after, and in [[AfterTheEnd this world]] that sorta shit is only good for one thing: gettin' ya killed! So ya know what I did? [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids I wizened the fuck up]]! And I realized it's gotta be just me!"''
* 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.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''{{Butterfly}}'': Parodied; Bat-Knight, a CaptainErsatz of Batman, says this constantly despite being surrounded by sidekicks and etc.
* Arvval in ''{{Juathuur}}''. Faevv too shows tendencies of this.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010709c Why Bob and Mynd]] can not [[WeCanRuleTogether rule together]].
* ''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 ''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 ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1081 Monique tries to convince herself that she's indepedent, 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.]]
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[[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 RedPandaAdventures'': the Red Panda works with a sidekick, but adamantly refuses to work with other superheroes or allow them into his city.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman,'' Batman is actually the one to suggest to Franchise/{{Superman}} that he should join the 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]].\\
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''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and ''JusticeLeague'' have splurged this line about a million times each. In one memorable 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.\\
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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.\\
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Bats has the most extended crime-fighting family in 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/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 {{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!"
* Comicbook/IronMan expresses this attitude at the start of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', 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/BlackPanther enlists five Avengers' assistance in helping him get over the Wakandan border, but insists that he must fight his father's murderer, Man-Ape, by himself. CaptainAmerica tags along with Panther anyway, defending Panther from Man-Ape's warriors, while still allowing him to fight Man-Ape alone.
** {{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 ''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.
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