->''"Ohana. Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten."''
-->-- '''Stitch''', ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''

Two characters are escaping from something. One of them falls down, breaks a leg and says "Leave me, IWillOnlySlowYouDown". The other one says, "[[MoreHeroThanThou I won't leave without you]]!" and takes his wounded friend with him. Possibly even requiring, as soon as they reach some degree of safety, that [[GreaterNeedThanMine the wounded character gets evacuated first]].

In more hard-pressed situations, the character must stand over the fallen friend and fight off enemies, all the way up to the grim LastStand. In case of close comrades, such as BloodBrothers, or [[AFatherToHisMen beloved commanders]], this may be done [[DueToTheDead even if the fallen friend is dead]] and not just wounded, and the heat of battle may make it impossible to tell whether the fallen character had just been wounded or had died. And if the dead character has RoyalBlood or BlueBlood, this may have a grim necessity: they need to be able to prove that the character ''died'' to ensure that the succession goes smoothly in time of crisis.

This trope is often used to generate drama in a situation that calls for a HeroicSacrifice. See ShootTheDog.

Can lead to AntagonistInMourning when the characters had been hostile to each other before. Extra points if they had just become FireForgedFriends.

GenreSavvy villains will exploit this rule to great effect by wounding their enemies, thereby pinning or slowing down their comrades.

If it really is impossible, the wounded soldier may [[ICannotSelfTerminate plead for death]] rather than just being left.

On the other hand, if the wounded soldier can prevent the enemies from chasing his comrades, YouShallNotPass may justify leaving him. The soldier will probably [[MoreHeroThanThou insist on volunteering despite his comrades' protests]].

When they must BringNewsBack, the characters who stay behind often do it to buy the others time to get away. Those who must go on may find it [[DirtyBusiness hard to flee]] while [[MoreHeroThanThou others fight]], but generally their sense of duty is up to it.

In many ways this is TruthInTelevision, although without the dramatic clichés. Many armed forces units, especially the U.S. Navy [=SEALs=] and U.S. Army Rangers, pride themselves on never abandoning a wounded or dead soldier. Others, like the SAS, make a rule to leave wounded men for {{The Medic}}s.

Often portrayed as a subtrope of HonorBeforeReason. In real life there is a perfectly cold-blooded reason to still do this: people are expensive and difficult to train and replace. Better (and cheaper) the guy with potentially years of experience spends some time in a hospital then you stick some neophyte right out of a rushed training course in to replace him.

Has nothing to do with [[GeorgeWBush No Child Left Behind.]]
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', people do extreme things to take their comrades off the field with them. Ling carries his wounded servant Lan Fan out of a battle, and has a fight while carrying her - allowing a pretty heinous villain to mock him relentlessly. Roy cauterizes Havoc's wounds (his own as well) to help Havoc get safely out of the battle and to enable himself to go and rescue Al and Hawkeye.
** This is lampshaded later on, when Roy tells two of his men to leave him behind if he gets hurt. They instantly agree. Surprised by their response, tells them that the ''correct'' answer is for them to reply "Never! I'd follow you to the depths of hell!" One of the men responds, "Screw that. I've got a family!" While the other says it's stupid to "commit double suicide like that." Roy answers with a knowing smile.
* Averted like ''hell'' in every staircase sequence in ''SaintSeiya'' -- if two or more of Athena's Saints arrive at the battleground with a new opponent, one of them will ''insist'' on [[TheRestShallPass staying behind to fight, just so the other can press onwards]] to save the [[BarrierMaiden goddess]]. And then, if the first Saint's [[BattleAura Cosmo]] fades, the other(s) will stop, look back and think about how their friend has just possibly died, and then continue their climb instead of going back to help. Then again, the Saints' utmost priority is to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl protect Athena]], even at the cost of their own lives, so they earnestly believe that continuing the mission is far more important -- even if they have to leave ''everybody'' behind.
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', so much - Kurogane [[spoiler: ''cuts off his own arm'' to keep Fai from being left behind in the closing world of Celes]].
* This gets averted in the first ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' movie, ''Big Trouble in Nekonron'', when Ranma's party [[DwindlingParty fragments a little bit more]] in every miniboss encounter, as members will [[TheRestShallPass stay behind to hold off their own tailor-made opponents]].
* In the ''PokemonSpecial'' manga, Blue and Sabrina are handcuffed together and fighting Lorelei. Blue is knocked out and Sabrina is hanging on the edge of a cliff. Lorelei suggests that Sabrina save herself by cutting off Blue's cuffed hand and letting her drop. Sabrina responds that, even though she and Blue were once enemies, they are allies now and that she never abandons an ally.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' this is exemplified by the father of Hatake Kakashi, Hatake Sakumo. While on a critical mission for Konoha during the Third Ninja War, Sakumo given the choice of rescuing his teammates or completing the mission, Sakumo chose to save his team. Unfortunately the failure of the mission was not well recieved. While Sakumo prior was respected on the same level or even above the Sannin, the mission's failure caused such catastrophic losses, that he became reviled afterwards. [[spoiler:The stress was so extreme that he committed suicide in front of Kakashi.]] Kakashi from this experience became an ultra strict rule follower and general jerkass who would also put the mission first. Later Uchiha Obito would naturally adopt this attitude and pass it on to Kakashi. After Obito's death Kakashi would adopt this to the extreme adopting the directive that he wouldn't let anyone on his team die.
** Naruto of course has taken this to the extreme doing everything in his power in the second part of the story to bring back Sasuke and save him from himself and his revenge.
* Parodied in ''Anime/ExcelSaga''. In two episodes, Menchi escapes and makes new friends. Every single friend she meets eventually tells her to go on without them and makes a heroic sacrifice to save Menchi. The final time this happens, the villain says, "What an out-of-character way to die." (Although it turns out that this ''one'' character is NotQuiteDead.)
* Lampshaded and Played with in ''VanDread''. Dita tries pulling one of these when Gascogne gets stuck. Gasconge is more GenreSavvy.
-->Gasconge: "This isn't a third rate soap opera! You go and you come back with help and get me!"
* An interesting variation is done in the Alabasta arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'': After Luffy defeated Crocodile, he carried both the king of Alabasta and antagonist Miss All-Sunday out of the crumbling room they were in. The latter was wishing for death, but Luffy didn't listen, and saved her anyway. She eventually paid him back [[HeelFaceTurn by joining his crew]].
* In ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', Hot Shot and Wheeljack were in a platoon on Cybertron during a battle with the Decepticons when the two, isolated from the others, were engulfed in an inferno, and Wheeljack was trapped under debris. Hot Shot left him, vowing to get help, but when he reached the other Autobots, his commander forbade him to go back for Wheeljack, because [[TheNeedsOfTheMany he didn't want to lose more troops]]. Hot Shot disobeyed him and tried to go back anyway, but by then the flames were too intense, and unable to reach Wheeljack, Hot Shot believed his friend had perished. He would discover years later on Earth that he was wrong - that Wheeljack had survived - but [[BestServedCold it wouldn't be a happy reunion]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During the Marvel Comics run of ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' there was a particularly tragic example where Dusty flashes back to meeting a fellow Joe's family and promising to keep an eye on him. He ends up carrying his friend's dead body for miles through a desert because "he promised."
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* "Fanfic/FromBajorToTheBlack, Part II": Another ship in the USS ''Kagoshima''[='s=] formation is disabled by a parting shot from a dying Borg cube.
--> '''Acting Captain Kanril Eleya:''' Prophets… T’Shar, drop facing shields and lock onto life signs! Anyone we can bring aboard, get ‘em!\\
'''Petty officer at sensors:''' Captain, I’m picking up an imminent core breach in the cube! We don’t have time!\\
'''[[NumberTwo LTJG. Tess Phohl]]:''' You’re relieved!
* ''[[FanFic/IntheShadowofGods In the Shadow of Gods]]'': Chief's attitude towards Cortana, which puzzles Shepard and her companions, since Cortana is an AI and AIs are regarded with fear and suspicion in the Franchise/MassEffect universe.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Most of the plot of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', with Rob and companions trying to save Beth as the monster flattens Manhattan. Later lampooned when Hud, probably the least intelligent of a rather dim group, goes back to [[spoiler:retrieve the camera from the helicopter wreckage, only to get bitten in half by the monster.]]
* Averted in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movies. Part of the pirate's code is "Whoever falls behind is left behind." Many of the characters, both good and bad, follow this.
* The main character of ''Film/ConAir'' follows this as a former Ranger. He does so as a combination of Franchise/{{Rambo}} and {{Jesus}}.
* Parodied in ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'': Frank says this line after Olive is left at a gas station.
* In ''Film/ForrestGump'', Gump earns the Medal of Honor for rescuing his fellow soldiers in Vietnam. At times, Lieutenant Dan wishes that he had lost his life instead of his lower legs.
** Ironically, the one soldier that Forrest failed to save the life of was the one he originally went back to help. He kept stumbling on other wounded comrades and brought every one of them back because he felt he "couldn't just leave them there, frightened and hurt."
* Used and {{Lampshade}}d in the aforementioned ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. When Captain Miller and his squad are ordered to venture deep into German-occupied France to recover a lost soldier who may already be dead, he and his squad are naturally not too thrilled about this. The rest of the movie then shows their struggle between deciding whether to find Ryan or just leave him behind.
** The villain version of this trope is used as well. A German sniper purposely shoots and incapacitates an American soldier, hoping that it will draw out other soldiers into the open in an attempt to help the downed man.
*** A TruthInTelevision, this is a real sniper tactic.
*** ''TheUnit'' has a variation where [[spoiler:the sniper kills a Unit operator and then ties a wire to the operator's hand to simulate movement, thus making the survivor and rescuers think that he's alive; it's only when the rescuers take out the sniper that they find that all the tension and emphasis on rescuing the "wounded" operator were for nothing]].
* Subversion: In ''Film/CanadianBacon'', the [[TheSpartanWay Omega Force]] sent to locate the protagonist is running along the Canadian wilderness when one of them falls down and clutches his foot. Another one approaches, and the guy on the ground says "It's just my toe." [[YouHaveFailedMe Boom]].
* This is basically the plot of ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', based on the Battle of Mogadishu.
** Heavily, ''heavily'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the book as HonorBeforeReason, where in the After Action Report, the general in charge of the mission admitted that taking the time to make sure all the soldiers or their bodies were out of the battlefield exponentially increased the number of casualties (because they had to stay in combat longer). He even outright admits that it wasn't for some sort of honorable reason or heroic mandate, but because he didn't want to have a PR disaster from American bodies being dragged through the streets, as had happened before (though, that was also because he didn't want to dishonor any soldiers whose bodies would be dragged like that, so...).
* Subverted with a VerbalBackspace in ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''.
-->'''Kermit''': We will never leave one of our own behind!\\
'''Fozzie''': Hey, we left Bunsen and Beaker back at the gas station!\\
'''Kermit''': ''* pause* '' From this point on, we will not leave anyone behind!
* Averted with dastardly repercussions in the BackStory of ''Film/TheRock''. [[TheBrigadier General Hummell's]] request to send in troops to extract at least 15 marines on a Black Operation from the combat zone are denied by his superiors, forcing him to leave them to die.
-->'''Marine''': ''They're not coming for us, are they, sir?''
** The last straw is when the government refuses to pay the families of the dead soldiers due to plausible deniability, which drives Hummell to go rogue.
* In ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' the VC sniper uses their knowledge of this to sucker the U.S. troops to try to rescue their wounded comrades.
* Subverted in ''Film/CourageUnderFire'', where a character is first shown yelling at a trainee never to leave his wounded comrades behind. It later turns out [[spoiler:that he'd done just that to his wounded commanding officer after she'd threatened to court martial him.]]
* ''Supervolcano'' (2005). The protagonist is trapped in an abandoned Air Force base. The only airman there says they have to walk out, as no-one is coming to save them. The protagonist asks what happened to "Leave no man behind", and is informed that's the Army's slogan.
* Averted in ''Film/ResidentEvil''. When Kaplan is trapped by zombies he tells the rest of the party to leave him behind. Alice refuses, but Kaplan insists, and they do so.
* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. Both played straight and {{Subverted}} with Major Franklin: first Captain Mallory refuses to leave him behind, then does leave him behind with the Germans after feeding him false information about the nature of their mission in the hope the Germans will use TruthSerums to get it out of him.
* Notably averted in ''Film/WhenTrumpetsFade'': the film opens with Private David Manning trying to carry his badly wounded friend Bobby through the woods to safety, but he has to stop to rest. Bobby tells him that he can't even stand to be carried any further, and begs Manning to stay with him so that he doesn't have to die alone. Not only does Manning refuse to stay, [[ShootTheDog he shoots Bobby]]. In a later scene, now-Sergeant Manning specifically orders one of the soldiers under his command to drop the body of a fallen comrade saying simply "Leave him! He's dead!" The film ends with [[BookEnds Manning himself badly wounded and being carried to safety by Sanderson]].
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs'', after [[spoiler:Papa Smurf]] gets captured, the rest of the party goes back to rescue him, against his orders.
* Happens in ''Film/TheMatrix''. After nearly being caught by Agents, Morpheus attempts both a HeroicSacrifice and YouShallNotPass in order to allow Neo and the others time to escape. Afterwards, the surviving crew members contemplate pulling the connection from Morpheus, which would kill him but also prevent the Agents from learning access codes to Zion, the last human city. Neo invokes this trope and instead [[BigDamnHeroes attempts]] to [[GunShipRescue rescue]] Morpheus.
* The firefighters in ''Film/{{Backdraft}}'' have this as part of their code of honor. "You go, we go."
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', after the Colonial Marines learn that some of the ones left behind in the escape are still alive, Vasquez says "Then we go back in there and get them. We don't leave our people behind." They end up not trying to do so after Ripley points out "You can't help them! You can't. Right now they're being cocooned just like the others."
* Averted early on in ''Film/{{Stalingrad}}''. During an assault on a factory, one of the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Heer]] soldiers breaks down in fear and huddles in a foxhole. Wölk briefly attempts to pull him out, but Corporal Rohleder commands him to grab the man's dog tags and leave him. The straggler is promptly killed by artillery.
* A variation occurs in ''StarTrekIntoDarkness''. Bones and Carol are on a planet examining [[spoiler: a torpedo]] when something goes wrong and [[spoiler: it closes, trapping Bones's hand inside.]] Since attempting to beam Bones up will result in [[spoiler: the torpedo]] coming too, Bones tells them to just beam Carol out instead. She flat-out refuses, telling them that if she leaves, he'll die. [[spoiler: At the last second she simply [[CuttingTheKnot rips the controls out]], stopping the detonation and saving them both.]]
* Averted in the opening of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' when Bond has to leave a fellow agent to bleed to death, in favour of pursuing the man who shot him and stole a microchip containing the identities of NATO undercover agents. The BigBad turns out to be another SIS agent who was abandoned after he [[RogueAgent went rogue]].
* {{Discussed}} in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' after Mal first shoves a man off their hovercraft who was trying to hitch a ride to escape a Reaver attack, then {{Mercy Kill}}s him before the Reavers can have their way with him. Zoe gives him a WhatTheHellHero for the former as ''Serenity'' is heading skyward, which Mal rebuffs with, the Mule couldn't fly with the extra weight, none of his crew are expendable, and they plain couldn't afford to dump the cargo either.
-->'''Zoe:''' Sir, I don't disagree on any particular point. It's just ... [[WarWasBeginning in the time of war]], we would never have left a man stranded.\\
'''Mal:''' ''(bitterly)'' Maybe that's why we lost.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Particularly memorably in #41 ''The Familiar''.
* OlderThanFeudalism: A frequent occurrence in ''Literature/TheIliad'': while a fallen warrior's friends try to carry his corpse off the battlefield, his enemies try to take his armor as a trophy. This usually leads to more casualties on both sides and sometimes more fights over more corpses.
* Subverted by [[spoiler: Sheriff Bell]] in the book ''NoCountryForOldMen''. After the rest of his squad was hit from a mortar shell annihilating the farmhouse they were monitoring radio signals in, he manages to ready up the squad's 30. cal machine gun to attack Germans advancing in his direction. He shoots at them and pins them down, but all the while, he is said to have heard groans from his squad, indicated at least some were alive. He then chooses to abandon the position and flee after the day goes dark, and remains [[SurvivorsGuilt haunted on how he was the only survivor]], getting a Bronze Star he didn't want to accept (he assumes the brass wanted to scrap something out of how their position was lost.)
* A brutal example of this being used against a character occurs in a story from GeorgeRRMartin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' world. At one point in the bloody history of Westeros, a rebellion was led against the current king by one of his bastard half-brothers. Legend has it that at the decisive battle archer Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers intentionally critically wounded one of the twin sons of the rebellion's leader with an arrow, knowing that the father would not leave his son's side on the battlefield while he was alive. Rivers then proceeded to kill the father with numerous shots, and the second of the twins as well when he [[TakeUpMySword picked up his father's sword and tried to lead the army]].
* Featured prominently in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', and realistically gets a lot of characters killed, as observed - and justified - by the characters. "Men are not potatoes."
** Indeed, one of Rico's instructors at OCS claims that it's "mathematically provable" that they should invade an enemy planet in full force to recover one lost infantryman. According to Heinlein, soldiers cannot fully commit themselves to the service of their society if they don't know that the society is equally committed to them. Said math is not shown, of course, so we have to take his AuthorAvatar's word for it.
* Also in Heinlein's ''Literature/SpaceCadet'', Dodson's training cruise on the ''Aes Triplex'' has the mission of searching for the missing Patrol ship ''Pathfinder'' in the asteroid belt. They find it with all hands dead but the cadets reflect that the Patrol would have brought them back alive if they hadn't been killed by a meteor puncture of the ship. Later, after the cadets and their superior officer are marooned on Venus, Jensen comments that the Patrol will eventually find them but they need to work towards their own rescue since that would be expected of them.
* Subverted in the ''{{Starcraft}}'' novel ''Speed of Darkness'', where the main character intentionally shoots a dying (flamethrower-armed) Firebat, forcing the enemy to stay back. Though some of his squadmates give him a hard time for it, the vets acknowledge it as necessary, even effective.
** In fact, the Lieutenant of the main's group points out that their standard ammunition is designed to cripple, not kill, saying that "if you maim an enemy on the field it takes four of his friends to haul him back from the battle and even more of his friends to patch him up and care for him. Kill an enemy and you decrease the force against you by one. Maim an enemy and you decrease the force against you by ten." Pity the [[HiveMind hive-minded]] Zerg never try to recover the wounded.
*** Or that the super advanced Protoss are hardcore and will fight to the bitter end. (And if they get crippled, they will become Dragoons and Stalkers so that their crippled BODIES can fight to the bitter end.)
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels, the Ghosts try to keep to this.
** When Domor is wounded and blinded in ''First & Only'', although his wounds will prove fatal without adequate medical attention, Gaunt tells him he's coming if he has to carry him himself.
** In ''Traitor General'', inability to bring Feygor with them because of his illness strikes all the Ghosts very bitterly.
** In ''His Last Command'', when Maggs is thrown [[CoolGate through a Chaos warp gate]], Mkoll cites this and jumps after him. Although the scene is both [[EvilIsDeathlyCold bitterly cold]] and [[AlienGeometries impossible]], and breaks down Maggs, he gets them both to another gate and out -- alive, although covered with frost.
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''SpaceWolf'', when Ragnar and other Marines were sent to [[BringNewsBack bring news]] of a nest of Chaos Space Marines, one of them is wounded. Ragnar (who had just realized that he does not, and should not, want {{Revenge}} on the wounded man) orders the others on while he tends the wounded. When they are attacked again and he gains more injuries, Ragnar finally carries him to safety.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', Uriel is reluctant to leave behind even hopelessly [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] victims he could not save; later, Vaanes leaves behind the others of their band in a torture chamber, and Uriel and Pasanius stay to free them. [[spoiler:Later still, the mortally wounded Colonel Leonid has a hard time convincing Uriel to leave him behind, and Uriel finds it DirtyBusiness -- but Leonid succeeds, and through a HeroicSacrifice buys them more time.]]
* The cover of the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Cain's Last Stand'' features Cain heroically helping a wounded cadet through enemy fire. This really happens in the story itself, the only difference being that Cain was using a laspistol instead of a bolter. Cain briefly considered leaving the cadet behind out of pragmatism and self-proclaimed cowardice, but he knew doing so would [[SlaveToPR damn him in the eyes of the other cadets]].
* The villain reaction is used in Robert Asprin's ''[[MythAdventures M.Y.T.H. Inc. In Action]]''. Guido and Nunzio, two Mob bodyguards, join the Army and are not impressed with the training or equipment. During target practice, Guido puts three crossbow bolts into a dummy's shoulder, and the drill sergeant asks, "If you can shoot that well, why not shoot him in the head?!" Guido, forgetting he's not in the Mob anymore, replies, "ANY idiot can kill somebody, but it takes SKILL to leave 'em in a condition where they can still give information, OR pay protection, OR..." Nunzio tries to avert disaster by explaining that what he MEANT was that wounding an opponent takes three men out of the action, since two have to carry the wounded one.
** In an earlier book in the series, Aahz forces his apprentice Skeeve to promise that if Skeeve can rescue the person they're there for, he needs to get out and go, even if Aahz is in trouble. Naturally this very situation comes up, and Skeeve does try to abide by his promise, but everyone else on the team flatly refuses to budge; Skeeve is not unhappy to be outvoted.
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's JohnCarterOfMars/Barsoom novels.
** In ''[[JohnCarterOfMars Chessmen of Mars]]'', Gahan at first hesitates to abandon Ghek, even though he can not escape with them; only Ghek's pointing out that they will kill Tara lets him overcome this (with some help from MenAreTheExpendableGender). Later, Gahan briefly convinces himself that Tara hates him when he is left prisoner without her aid.
--->''but presently both my heart and my judgment told me that Tara of Helium could not have deserted a companion in distress, and though I still am in ignorance of the facts I know that it was beyond your power to aid me.''
** In ''[[JohnCarterOfMars The Gods of Mars]]'', John Carter is frantic when the MobileMaze cuts him off from Tars Tarkas. A prisoner asks him when he is trying to get back to where the monster is.
--->"Because my friend fights there alone."
** In ''[[JohnCarterOfMars Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'', a MasterOfIllusion convinced Carthoris to go on with an illusion of Thuvia, and Thuvia that Carthoris had asked her to stay behind, but Thuvia rejects the charges that he fled without her because:
--->"You lie!" she said quietly, "the Heliumite knows less of disloyalty than he knows of fear, and of fear he is as ignorant as the unhatched young."
* Subverted in JackCampbell's ''TheLostFleet'' where Captain Geary tries to make good on this only to realize that several ships are clearly not going to make the escape from the enemy until another ship (commanded by his grandnephew) performs a HeroicSacrifice.
** However in the rest of the series they try their damnest to save any escape pods and liberate any POW camps. [[spoiler: This attitude leads to them saving an Syndic colony that was left to die. This leads to a Syndic CEO have a HeelFaceTurn because her brother was on that colony and she helps the Fleet get home.]]
** In ''Invicible'', Geary orders Tulev to sweep the human wreckage from space -- all the ships' parts, and above all, all the human bodies. Tulev quotes the trope name, though the motive here is to avoid letting the aliens discover anything about them.
* In the ''XWingSeries'' novel ''Iron Fist'', [[spoiler: Phanan]] is shot down over an Imperial-held planet. Face followed even though he was squadron leader at the time, telling the others to regroup without him. He found [[spoiler: Phanan]] badly wounded and tried to take him to the nearest settlement, but it was pretty obvious that they wouldn't make it. Face was about to call the Imperial forces out looking for them, because even though they'd be imprisoned by their enemies this would mean medical treatment, but [[spoiler: Phanan]] talked him out of it before dying. Then Face went back to his starfighter, destroyed his friend's body, and returned to the Wraiths guilt-ridden. Wraiths and Rogues in general try very hard to avoid their teammates DyingAlone.
* In AndreNorton and A.C. Crispin's ''WitchWorld'' novel ''Gryphon's Eyrie'', Joisan stands over her fallen husband to keep him from [[EvilIsDeathlyCold shadow creatures]], but when she, being pregnant, realizes that the creatures are after her baby, she is afraid that it will mean she must leave him.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ScienceFiction novels, this trope is occasionally invoked as an ironclad rule of space travel: No One Gets Left Behind on a strange planet, no matter if he's your worst enemy.
** In ''Literature/AndroidAtArms'', this leads to the protagonist and some of his companions searching for an untrustworthy fellow traveller until they find his body.
** In ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', Bartare wants the other three to go. Kilda talks with her but thinks even as she does so that she can't leave Bartare behind.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/{{Unfinished Tales|of Numenor and Middleearth}}'' includes the story of how Théoden's son had died, just before Gandalf and company's meeting with Théoden in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. After he fell fighting orcs, his men fought to keep his body from them; having fought them off, they discovered he was still alive, but he lived only long enough to tell them to bury him there.
** At the Battle of Dale (which took place around the same time of the Battle of Minas Tirith), King Dáin II Ironfoot dies defending the body of King Brand of Dale outside the gates of the Lonely Mountain, after the people of Dale have fled there.
* In Nick Kyme's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[Literature/{{Salamanders}} Salamander]]'', after Tsu'gan's {{Pride}} ensured his captain's death, Tsu'gan refuses to let anyone near his body
-->''maintaining a cordon of protection that no one could breach and live.''
** After the fight, a comrade reassures him that his battle-brother will live -- having assumed he was protecting the still living Dak'ir.
* Subverted in one of Mack Reynolds' ''Section G.'' [[InSpace spy stories]]. Section G's top operative, Ronny Bronston, takes a new agent on a training mission to an enemy planet. Ronny [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown is wounded and tells the newbie to kill him so the enemy won't capture him]]. The rookie instead helps Ronny to their escape vehicle. The subversion comes because Ronny wasn't ''that'' badly wounded; it was an impromptu SecretTest, and by not being ruthless enough to kill his comrade, the new guy ''failed'' and gets washed out of field agent training. Ronny's boss points out that the rookie was trying to save Ronny's life. Ronny replies flatly that saving his life wasn't the mission.
* In C.S. Goto's ''BloodRavens'' trilogy, having discovered reason to believe [[spoiler:Rhamah]] was still alive, the Blood Ravens engage in a deeply risky maneuver in warp, as the only way to retrieve him.
* Subverted in ''BravoTwoZero'', which is Andy [=McNab's=] re-telling of the famed S.A.S. mission. The troop of eight men were given strict orders to leave any man who was seriously wounded as it would hinder the mission or their escape if they were compromised. This is actually standard procedure for many British spec-ops. However, [=McNab=] goes out of his way to show the soldiers' reluctance to do just that, and just how much they couldn't bear to leave a mate behind. There were several points in which the opportunity arose that they ''had'' to leave a bloke behind, but they couldn't bring themselves to do it, and [=McNab=] himself says he often wonders about what would have happened if they left the man behind, but whatever the case "you make a decision and get on with it, whatever it is".
* Subverted in the DaleBrown novel ''Warrior Class'', where Patrick [=McLanahan=] decides to go against orders to rescue two of his downed crewmen, and while he succeeds, gets into serious trouble with the high command for it. However, it's less because they don't care about the crew and more because Patrick nearly started an intercontinental war that could easily have gone nuclear to save them. It's not the first or the last time he does this, either.
* LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga novel ''Diplomatic Immunity''. Admiral Vorpatril has this attitude, which was one of the factors leading to the escalation of the diplomatic incident that Miles has to sort out. Vorpatril had been left behind himself, by Miles' father, when Vorpatril was a junior officer during the failed Escobar invasion.
** Miles realizes that the quaddies have a different perspective on the incident.
--> "So," said Miles gently, "after we shot up the police station and set the habitat on fire, what did we do for an encore?"
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' has the two dogs, Laddie and Gaspode, set fire to the Odium to destroy the film-creature. When Gaspode's leg goes, Laddie picks him up and carries him, despite Gaspode's [[MoreHeroThanThou protestions]] that there's no time, and he's just going to get them ''both'' killed.
** Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor of [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]] lives by this tropes. Ridcully refuses to leave a fellow wizard in danger, even if they're a zombie (''Discworld/ReaperMan''), almost totally incompetent at wizardry (''Discworld/InterestingTimes''), or an ape (''Discworld/TheLastContinent'').
* Subverted in ''{{Night}}''. During the march from Birkenau to Auschwitz, anyone who moves too slowly is shot. Rabbi Eliahou can no longer manage to run, and loses his son in the crowd, but is determined to find him. Eliezer declines to tell him that said son abandoned him after seeing him limping, and prays to God for the spiritual strength never to abandon his own father. [[spoiler:He doesn't get it, and is ultimately too cowardly to help his dying father.]]
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "The Devil in Iron", Octavia starts to explain not leaving Conan as this, and then switches to she had nowhere to go.
* In JasperFforde's ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext The Eyre Affair]]'', Thursday went back to get the wounded against orders. If the press hadn't gotten wind of it, she would have been courtmartialed.
* The LeftBehind book series averts this trope with the Rapture of faithful Christians at the beginning of the series. However, those who are left behind to face the Tribulation and become Christians do get supernatural help from God. Also, by the end of the seven-year Tribulation period, the raptured Christians come back with Jesus Christ in time for the CurbStompBattle of Him versus Nicolae Carpathia and the Global Community army.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. Harry brings Cedric's body back to his father after he's killed by Wormtail.
** Earlier in the book, he also retrieves not just Ron, but the abandoned Gabrielle from the bottom of the lake (although, it turns out she wasn't in any real danger- didn't really think that one through).
* In the Loic Henry's MilitaryScienceFiction book ''Loar'', this his how [[CityOfSpies planet Bihan]] keeps or buys the loyalty of its spies: If one spy's cover is blown, they'll order as many spies as necessary to blow their own cover and escape with the first spy (they'll still have a few dozen spies left in the place afterwards anyway).
* ''Literature/DeathToTheFrench'': Subverted leading to Dodd's seperation from his unit and subsequent adventures that result from him trying to rejoin them.
* In ''[[Literature/TheMazeRunner The Maze Runner Trilogy]]'', this is why [[spoiler:Thomas]] doesn't want to [[spoiler:kill Newt after he gets the Flare.]]
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* This is practically the motto of the SGC personnel from ''Series/StargateSG1'', where Jack O'Neill always insists that "we never leave our people behind".
** In the first season episode "The Torment of Tantalus", Daniel Jackson wants to attempt to rescue a man who went through the Stargate in 1945 and was lost when the Stargate shut down. His primary reason is "He was a part of this program, and deserves to have us look for him."
** Most notable was the 2-parter episode "Heroes" which featured a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope when they show the cost of the rescue attempt of a single {{Redshirt}}: numerous wounded, a small fortune of monetary expenses and most severely [[spoiler: Dr. Fraiser is KilledOffForReal. She does get a good sendoff though, with a DeadGuyJunior (well, dead girl junior) and the second episode ending with a eulogy listing the names of people she's saved during the series]].
** The above quote is from the episode "[[ThoseTwoGuys The Other Guys]]" where two scientists witness SG-1 getting captured. With this motto in heart, they attempt a more or less successful rescue [[spoiler:Only to be told by O'Neil that the capture was part of a BatmanGambit, so SG-1 could meet up with TheMole in the enemy's ranks.]]
** Averted in the finale of season one, when [[spoiler: Daniel was left behind on Apophis' soon-to-be-destroyed ship.]] The implication, however, was that [[spoiler: he]] wasn't going to survive anyway (being severely injured), and the other characters probably wouldn't, either, if they didn't avert this trope. The irony was that [[spoiler: if Daniel ''hadn't'' been left behind, he probably ''would'' have died anyway: he used the sarcophagus and the Gate to heal himself and get home (respectively). It's implied that they wouldn't have been able to save him on Earth.]]
** Becomes an important point in "Cor-Ai" when Teal'c is put on trial for killing a crippled man while he was in the service of Apophis. Daniel finds out that the villagers escape through hidden tunnels when the Goa'uld come but they won't leave anyone behind. Part of the way they exonerate Teal'c is by showing that he did what he did to save the multitude of the villagers so they could escape without being slowed down.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''. Gene goes back for Sam after he is knocked down by the man they are chasing torturing him in the future. No, really.
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': played straight on numerous occasions, especially with the character of Wild Bill Guarnere, who will go to any lengths to drag a wounded comrade off the battlefield.
** Although the characters are occasionally forced to leave their friends to die on the enemy line, with episode 6 being a particularly egregious example.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' had at least two episodes explicitly dealing with this: "War Stories" (where Zoe and the crew rescue Wash and Mal from Niska) and "The Message" (where Mal and Zoe are shown in flashbacks saving Tracey's life).
** In the Big Damn Movie, this is brought up in a WhatTheHellHero moment after Mal kicks a local off the mule when he tries to hitch a ride with them and escape the Reavers. Zoe mentions that in the war they'd never leave a man behind, and Mal replies, "Maybe that's why we lost."
*** Parodied later on:
---> '''Mal''': Zoe, the ship is yours. If I'm not back in one hour, you take this ship and you come and you rescue me!
---> '''Zoe''': [[SarcasticDevotee And risk my ship?]]
** Also, in the episode "Safe", when Simon asks Mal why he went back for him and River,
---> '''Mal''': [[TrueCompanions "You're on my crew."]]
---> '''Simon''': "Yeah, but you don't even like me."
---> '''Mal''': "You're '''on my crew'''. Why are we still talking about this?"
* Subverted in ''TheAdventuresOfLanoAndWoodley''. Col and Frank are fleeing their psychotic ex-boss who is trying to kill them. Frank trips, and this exchange ensues:
-->'''Frank:''' I've sprained my ankle! You'll have to go on without me!
-->'''Col:''' OK! ''(makes to leave)''
-->'''Frank:''' No, hang on! That's not how it goes! You're supposed to say "No, I cannot possibly, for you are my friend."
-->'''Col:''' OK, let's try again.
-->'''Frank:''' You'll have to go on without me!
-->'''Col:''' No, I cannot possibly, for you are my friend.
-->'''Frank:''' I insist!
-->'''Col:''' Alrighty.
* In season 3 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Kate insists on going back to the Barracks for Jack after escaping the Others with his help. In something of a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, her efforts seemingly destroy Jack's opportunity to leave the island.
** Then in season 5, Robert says this to Jin when going into the smoke monster's lair after Montand. This does not turn out well, either.
* In an episode of the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' series, following this trope, at least in regards to dead soldiers, is portrayed as bloody-minded stubbornness that increases overall causalities under the Incompetent General of the Week. This is more because he was losing dozens of men for each recovered body and regarded his losses as "insignifcant." When it comes to the normal wounded, it's understood that they come first - in one episode the 4077 has to bug out and head south in the face of incoming Chinese forces, but Hawkeye, Margaret, and Radar stay behind because they have a patient that can't be moved and refuse to leave behind.
* Adam Savage has joked about ''Series/MythBusters'' having a "No Crash Test Dummy Left Behind" code at least twice. Of course, since the original Buster was theoretically a loaner ....
* Parodied in the ''{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Puerto Rican Day", where a parade is obstructing the traffic, and Elaine tries to go through underneath a viewing stand, leading a group of people. An elderly priest can't keep up:
-->'''Elaine:''' Come on, father, you can make it.
-->'''Priest:''' No, I can't. I've got a bad hip. Go on without me.
-->'''Elaine:''' No! I won't!
-->'''Priest:''' Leave me! You must.
-->'''Elaine:''' All right. Take it easy.
-->''(catches up with the others)''
-->'''Elaine:''' All right, we can move faster without Father O'Gimpy.
-->'''Priest:''' I heard that!
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Galileo Seven". During an attack by aliens Spock is pinned by a boulder. He orders the other Enterprise crewmen to go back to the shuttlecraft and lift off. They refuse and manage to free him, getting everyone to the shuttle safely. While the delay means they have to use the shuttlecraft's boosters to escape, apparently dooming it to be destroyed in re-entry, Spock is the one who comes up with the lifesaving bright idea that enables them to be rescued.
** In "All Our Yesterdays", [=McCoy=] tells Spock to [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown go on without him]] when his and legs get frostbitten. Spock insists, [[Heartwarming/StarTrek "We go together or not at all."]]
* In their first few appearances on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the Borg would collect pieces of their fallen comrades who had been killed, like picking up a black box, and allow the rest of the body to self-destruct.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': In "The Haunting of Deck 12", Neelix says this to Tuvok.
-->'''[[TheSpock Tuvok]]''': I am injured. Logic dictates that you take the mask and proceed to engineering.
-->'''[[TheHeart Neelix]]''': I don't care what logic dictates! This isn't the ''Salvoxia''. We're not drawing lots.
-->'''Tuvok''': I am giving you an order.
-->'''Neelix''': And I'm disobeying it! You're coming with me, if I have to drag you by your pointy little ears!
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' The Doctor says this to Amy in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]]. Admittedly, he knows that [[spoiler: there's not ''really'' anything slowing her down]], but he's prepared to risk his life trying to convince ''her'' of that.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", Jamie opts for this when Cully says IWillOnlySlowYouDown to Jamie after the Quark shots him.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', at first it seems that it will be this, but Morgana must leave Gwen in order to get away and call for help. In the same episode Lancelot is held prisoner along with Gwen and he tells her to leave him and escape, but none are able to escape.
* Used in Season 5 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' to highlight the increasing moral ambiguity of the heroes. Team Angel go to rescue an opponent who might have useful information from a prison dimension, but the spell requires that ''someone'' has to stay in his place. Gunn volunteers and the others don't object much, because Gunn was indirectly responsible for the death of a much loved team member, Fred Burkle. On their return to our dimension...
-->'''Lorne:''' Where's Gunn?
-->'''Angel:''' He, uh...he stayed behind.
-->'''Lorne:''' Stayed behind? But you never leave a...(Angel and Spike won't look him in the eyes) Or...I guess we do. [[WhatTheHellHero That's what we do now.]]
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' initially averts this trope with everyone just looking out for themselves. As time goes on, however, the crew bonds and, by the end of the series, everyone has risked their lives to save someone else numerous times. Discussed during a rescue mission to recover [[spoiler: a pregnant Aeryn]].
-->'''Sikozu''': If the freighter escapes then we abandon all hope.
-->'''John''': We abandon all hope of leading long and prosperous lives and we follow the freighter. (about Sikozu) She's still learning.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' TOS episode "The Invisible Enemy". After Major Merritt is trapped on a rock in the middle of the Martian sand sea, Captain Buckley refuses to leave him behind even though doing so could result in his own death. Buckley eventually figures out a way to save Merritt.
* Often averted on ''Series/TopGear''; the show's "code" states if the car of one presenter breaks down, the other two travel on without him. If it is played straight, it's usually because the situation is serious enough they need to stick together, most frequently during the overseas specials.
* In ''{{Community}}'' Pierce is initially left to drown in the dry parking lot during a sailing class, but when he reappears they decide to sail their ship into the imaginary storm to save him.
** Troy and Abed abandon Britta to "die in lava" so she won't slow them down trying to escape from Professor Hickey (and because she keeps pointing out that the giant Floor is Lava game is a distraction from Abed's fear over Troy leaving). He's displeased enough at their behavior that he spares and recruits Britta instead.
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* Thoroughly justified in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' by [[DeathIsCheap resurrection magic]].
* Thoroughly averted, and possibly subverted, in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The Tau and Eldar are about the only ones who ever try, and the Eldar consider recovering the waystones of the dead good enough consolation for being unable to save the bodies of the living (the fact that Eldar wear them to prevent their souls [[FateWorseThanDeath from being devoured]] by [[CosmicHorror evil Chaos God of lust]] may also have something to it).
** Similarly, although the Marines consider it the highest honour to die in battle, they'll fight hard to recover the two progenoid glands from the still-cooling bodies of their battle brothers, as they are necessary to convert new Space Marines. (The way the Chaos forces can use them lends a certain amount of urgency to this.)
*** The Grey Knights, however, will fight as hard as possible to recover their comrades' bodies, not just the glands, so they can lay them to rest on Titan.
** Also, given the CargoCult[=/=]AncestralWeapon nature of technology in the Imperium, the Adeptus Mechanicus and the Space Marines will often insist, and go to sometimes-absurd lengths to ensure that No Tech Gets Left Behind.
*** On the Land Raider page in the codex, it is mentioned that an entire chapter once started a giant war to recover one weapon blown off one of their tanks.
** There is a scenario in the Black Templars section of the GW website dealing with the recovery of the remains of their Emperor's Champion.
** Certain Imperial Guard regiments will also make it a point to try and recover their wounded, though they usually don't take unnecessary steps to rescue them if it will cost too many lives. Being the RedshirtArmy, the Guardsmen are generally both aware of this fact and expect it.
*** In the 5th Edition Imperial Guard Codex, one of the special characters, Sergeant Lukas Bastonne of the Cadian Shock Troops, earned the highest award a soldier in the Imperium can earn in their lifetime by refusing to leave one of his soldiers behind on a zombie-riddled planet. Of course he had to execute the man because he showed symptoms of the same plague that caused the zombies in the first place, so whether this is a backhanded subversion or not is debatable.
** The Tyranids do this too, in a sense. When they gather up the biological material from a planet they've conquered, they make sure to get '''all''' of it, which includes every single 'Nid that got killed in the attack.
*** Actually they also collect the biomass from most of the survivors too. The greater part of their assault troops are creatures that have no digestive system: they are MEANT to die, should they survive the invasion, and they'll be reprocessed into biomass for later use.
** The crowning example has to be the Raven Guard, though. They will work for, literally, decades to insure every civilian they can possibly save ''is'' saved. Possibly a result of their tearjerker past.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Time Travel'': In the "Eternity's Rangers" campaign setting, the titular organization ''will'' bring back their dead members for burial. Occasionally subverted, though; an informal punishment for a Ranger who screws up too often is to be abandoned in the past.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Given how the '''Nonary Game''' is played out, It's only natural for it to occur in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'':
** [[spoiler: Ace offers to stay behind to let the group continue. The group flat-out refuses, but to secure him to stay behind, he takes a relaxant to ensure he's unable to continue.]]
** [[spoiler: Lotus offers to stay behind in the incinerator. They refuse, [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther specifically Seven.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Seven and Snake both do this (with the same reactions as the above) in the Chapel. Snake is forced to stay behind, but has a trump card anyway.]]
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'''s narrative-like style of storytelling lends itself well to this trope. All party members are important to the plot; if one suffers a NonLethalKO in battle, the game will not allow you flee and leave them to the bad guys.
* Double H's motto in ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil:'' "D.B.U.T.T.: Don't Break Up The Team!" and "W.W.T.A.O.: We Work Together As One!" On the surface, it doesn't seem to mean much, [[spoiler: but it leads to a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, as he shouts it while [[TakeMyHand dramatically saving Jade from plummeting to her doom,]] showing his dedication to her.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4'', Lt. Vasquez's squad (to which the player character Sgt. Jackson belongs) takes a detour to save a grounded Super Cobra pilot from a hostile city for this reason. [[spoiler:They do not make it out of the city in time before a [[MnogoNukes Russian warhead]] goes off, killing them (almost) instantly. The pilot can be found dead outside the helicopter wreck after the detonation, which just rubbed salt in the wound with the futility of it all. In fairness, considering the blast radius as shown in both the immediate detonation and the subsequent loading screen, it's questionable whether any of the Marines ever had a chance even had they not taken the detour.]]
** An earlier mission for the SAS side has you on a rescue mission for a captured informant. "We take care of our friends." Fortunately, [[spoiler:when the group is forced to continue on foot]], the informant has the same GameplayAllyImmortality as the other important [=NPCs=] and is both armed and competent, making him not a liability but a one-time asset (pun intended).
*** And in ''ModernWarfare 2'', when [[spoiler: you are stranded in Brazil when the U.S. is attacked, guess who shows up to save your team from the militia? It's the same when Price and [=MacTavish=] assault Shepherd's base.]] Shows that it is a good idea to take care of your friends.
** Later, in the mission "One Shot, One Kill," [[spoiler:then-Lieutenant Price has to carry Captain [=MacMillian=] out of Pripyat, Ukraine after a helicopter falls on him. Fortunately, Lt. Price can put Capt. [=MacMillian=] down whenever he needs to fight, and while [=MacMillian=] cannot move independently, he's no slouch as a stationary shooter. Once he's put behind the Ferris wheel and assuming that both survive the resultant shootout (in effect "hold the line" until a helicopter arrives), he only has to be picked up again for the final dash to the evacuation helicopter by which time the danger should be past]].
** The next mission 'Heat', Gaz will yell that you're going to be left behind if you TakeYourTime to reach the farm. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation He's just trying to motivate you, however.]] It's played straight for Mac, however, who is shot and dies off-screen two minutes into the mission (though there were some DummiedOut dialogue files suggesting the player would have had the option of rescuing him).
* Subverted in the sequel, ''ModernWarfare 2'', particularly in the mission entitled "Of Their Own Accord". Radio chatter repeatedly makes it clear that there are ''not'' enough transports to evacuate everyone, and that people ''are'' being left behind. At one point - right after the player boards the evac chopper - a fellow soldier will shoot down an attacking enemy helicopter and saves the player's life. But the evac chopper immediately departs afterwards, leaving the lone soldier behind to face the onrushing Russian troops.
** [[VideoGameCaringPotential You can however use the minigun you take control of to waste the first wave of Russian troops that make it onto the roof before you leave, though.]] On the other hand, considering he just shot down a helicopter at virtually point-blank range with a missile that wouldn't have even armed yet and is invulnerable even if you open up on him with the minigun, this guy may not need the help.
* Subverted on Virmire in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. [[spoiler:Kaidan and Ashley are stranded at opposite ends of a research facility where a nuke is about to go off. At first, it looks like the question is whom to evacuate ''first''... but then geth attack ''en masse'', and you realize with a sinking feeling that [[SadisticChoice you can only save ONE of them]] now, because the precious time you had for saving the other will now be wasted on fighting the enemy.]]
** Wholly embraced in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', where it's entirely possible ([[GuideDangIt but by no means guaranteed]]) to ensure that [[EverybodyLives your entire party survives]] the SuicideMission in the end. The achievement you get for this accomplishment is practically the trope name: [[GoldenEnding No One Left Behind]].
** Also, in the intro of ''[=ME2=]'', [[HeroicSacrifice Shepard saves Joker at the expense of his/her own life when everyone else is either already dead or evacuated]].
** If Shepard [[spoiler:goes after his/her crew immediately after they're abducted, when you rescue them]], if you choose the neutral dialogue option ("I'd never abandon my crew"), Shepard quotes the trope word-for-word.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Meryl [[{{foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] what will happen when she blithely comment that Snake can simply shoot her if she became TheMillstone, with Snake sharply telling her he 'doesn't waste ammo'. [[spoiler: Meryl gets shot by Sniper Wolf, she begged for Snake to ditch her, but he flat out refuses to and ends up eventually getting captured for his troubles, uncertain if she was still alive at this point]].
** The same happens in ''Snake Eater'' with EVA: [[spoiler: she gets skewered on a tree branch after a motorcycle crash and begs Snake to go on and [[LeaveBehindAPistol give her a gun]], but Snake ignores all of this, because "[he] can't fly the WiG by [himself]."]]
* Averted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': upon [[StormingTheCastle entering the Tower of Salvation]], Lloyd swears that no-one will be left behind, however, due to the rule of MoreExpendableThanYou, ''every single member of the group'' ends up performing a HeroicSacrifice to let him go on. [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes They all get better.]]]]
-->'''Lloyd:''' You don't want to sacrifice anyone, huh? What do you call this?! Dammit! Guys...I'm sorry...
* Played straight with ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', in a pretty memorable scene. After fighting Mary's brainwashed ex-husband, mooks can be heard getting closer; Stahn and co. have to run away, but Mary wants to stay with her semi-dead man. Rutee then tells Mary that that's out of question, because no one gets left behind... including her husband. Rutee then piggybacks him.
* Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]]''. During the last part of the prologue, Marth is told by his advisor that he has to sacrifice one of his soldiers as a decoy to allow him to escape. Marth insists that everyone sticks together, but if you decide not to send a unit to the southern fort, you'll soon be overrun by an army of Knights who are capable of killing any and all of your party members with one hit (two or three, in [[CrutchCharacter Jagen's]] case). Leaving a unit behind is the only way you can proceed to the end of the chapter, as the second gate won't open unless you do. The exception is if you kill Gordin instead of talking to him - the commander of the enemy forces laughs at how he's tricked Marth into murdering a civilian (Gordin was BoundAndGagged and dressed in an enemy uniform) before ordering his men to open the second gate so he can kill Marth personally.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': while fleeing from Bevelle, the party is beset by Seymour. Kimahri urges them to run on ahead while he holds Seymour back, and they do --right up to the moment when they decide it's not right, and run right back to help him.
* Depending on the player, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. With the FloatingContinent crumbling away from beneath their feet, and Shadow holding Kefka back with the Three Statues, the party must make it to the airship and [[TimedMission escape before it's too late]]. Typically, [[GuideDangit one would jump onto the airship at the first opportunity]], but by waiting until the last possible second, Shadow will catch up and join the party.
** The game helpfully gives a countdown so the rest of the party knows when "the last possible second" is, and the options given when you reach the jump point not-so-subtly implies that you ought to wait for Shadow.
*** Well, the options are explicit ''only'' if you refuse to jump the first time. The first time, the options are "Jump!" and "Wait!". The second time, the options are "Jump to the airship!" and "Gotta wait for Shadow...".
** Strago also tries to get Relm to go on without him during the final escape from Kefka's Tower, but she will have none of it. Good thing too, because, later on, she wouldn't have reached the airship without his help.
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome you could do this]] at the end of a campaign if one of your teammates gets critically injured, [[VideogameCrueltyPotential but then you might miss your ride.]]
** If a survivor is incapacitated outside the safe room at the end of a level, the other survivors will usually say that they can't leave anyone behind. Though on occasion Francis will say he's fine with leaving a teammate behind if everyone else is. Similarly, if Louis is down outside the safe room, Bill may joke "How well do you know Louis?" and then admitting he was just joking.
** There's an achievement that you can earn if you leave the safe room to rescue a downed survivor outside and the two of you make it back.
* This is Brenner's motto in ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Days of Ruin]]''. It's even the in-game justification for how his CO Power heals his units:
-->'''Brenner:''' Initiate search-and-rescue operations! ''No one gets left behind!''
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando'' in the Prosecutor mission, and then [[spoiler:viciously averted with Sev at the end of the game. The gunship arrives, and you aren't going back.]]
* Played with in the initial quest in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', where Aveline's husband Ser Wesley is injured and begins to succumb to the darkspawn taint. Aveline promises that she will get her husband out any way possible, but in the end [[spoiler:either she or Hawke [[MercyKill is forced to kill him.]]]]
* {{Uncharted}} has a particularly cool example: escaping an ancient temple into a rainy evening only to find out that Elena's cameraman Jeff has been shot and that they're surrounded, Nathan Drake grabs him and carries him through the streets, covered by Elena and Chloe. [[spoiler:Then you get to a building, where you take a moment to sit Jeff down, only for Lazarevich to come in and perform his ultimate KickTheDog moment - executing Jeff on the spot.]]
* In the final playable sequence of VideoGame/{{Bastion}}, the Kid can either [[spoiler:abandon the wounded Zulf and continue fighting the Ura, or drop his weapons and carry Zulf to safety.]] If you choose the latter, the Ura will persist in attacking you... [[spoiler:but the Kid keeps going, and they respect his determination so much that an Ura soldier who takes another potshot at the Kid ends up skewered by his own commander.]]
* A slogan of ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield: Bad Company series]]''.
** [[MagicalDefibrillator "Medic Train"]] hard enough, and it really is possible to keep an entire team alive.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}'', this is Staff Sergeant Kimble Graves'/Irish's mindset throughout the game; [[spoiler: He strongly protests Dunn's order that they leave him behind and swim to safety, he disobey's orders from his squad's CIA liaison to abandon drowning sailors, and disregards an oncoming tidal wave to free Recker who has been pinned behind a sliding car.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'', getting your explorers stuck in space or on other planets is a fact of life. But using the same skills that probably stranded them in the first place, you can create and launch rescue missions. Just remember to leave [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxgc-nt2410 extra seats]].
* ''VideoGame/JoeDeversLoneWolf'': One can bring this up when refusing to go in the elevator without Leandra.
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* In ''GalacticMaximum'', [[http://maximumcomic.com/?strip_id=2 taking a wounded man away with you.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': [[SuperSoldier Jagerkin]] do NOT leave their own, or those they consider as good as, behind.
* {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://goblins.keenspot.com/d/20090817.html this]] ''{{Goblins}}'' strip where [[spoiler: Ears thinks Names is asking him to leave him behind, and refuses, when Names is only looking for a way for Ears to carry him]].
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04-33.html Red realized that something had gotten to her grandmother, but could not leave and abandon her grandmother.]]
* Near the end of the Azure City siege arc in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Haley and Belkar volunteer to run out and retrieve the body of one of their party members, [[spoiler: Roy]]. Oh, and this is when a huge enemy army lies between them and escape.
** Justified in that retrieving [[spoiler: Roy]]'s body makes it significantly easier to resurrect him. Plus Belkar at the time couldn't be more than a set distance away from it.
* ''{{Spacetrawler}}'': Captain Nogg has no qualms about abandoning a crew member if that's what it takes to get the rest of his ship away safely. On the other hand, his crew has no qualms about ignoring Nogg when he tells them to abandon their mates.[[note]]They ''did'' abandon Dustin, but only because Dustin was a jerk who got captured because of his own stupidity.[[/note]]
* ''WebComic/TwentyFirstCenturyFox'', subverted in the Hurricane Liska story, but played straight in the John Walker Bambi arc.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'',
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00090.htm it's a point of honor; you never leave money behind.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00327.htm When he actually has to rescue someone, it shakes him badly.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheRedStar'', [[http://www.beyondrealitymedia.com/the-red-star/issue-3/page-12/ Alexandra knocks Maya out with a punch, to prevent her searching for her husband on the battlefield, and has two soldiers carry her off -- thus both playing it straight and averting it.]]
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* Played with in ''OpenBlue'''s BackStory, where [[FourStarBadass Executor Altara]] refuses her Empress' offer to allow her and the rest of the PraetorianGuard to retreat while the latter and the regular army [[YouShallNotPass held off]] TheHorde that was [[OneSidedBattle slowly defeating their troops]]. The Empress gets killed, and they end up defeated and having to retreat anyway.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''GIJoe'' did this a lot. In TheMovie, Sgt. Slaughter explicitly lines it out: "It's time you learned we're a team, Red Dog. We all go home or nobody goes home."
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'':
** Sarge and his men have this attitude. "A good soldier never leaves a man behind!" And whatever the movie he might be in, what is R. Lee Ermey if not a good soldier?
** Later, when Woody and Buzz are making their escape from Sid's house, the rocket strapped to his back keeps Buzz from being able to fit under the fence. Though Buzz says "Go on, I'll catch up," Woody jumps down off of the van (where Andy is) and runs back to help Buzz.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "[[Recap/KimPossibleS2E22Blush Blush]]" when Ron refuses to leave the wrecked Wade-bot until the real Wade calls and tells him he's fine.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000." Cartman and his cellmate have escaped from prison. As they flee the guards, the cellmate is injured, and says to go on without him. Cartman says "okay" and begins to go. The cellmate indignantly points out that Cartman was supposed to say that he couldn't leave his friend behind.
* Also parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
-->'''Milhouse''': I can't keep up, you guys go on ahead...and carry me with you!
** Also, Homer quotes this trope when he saves a toy soldier using a toy helicopter from Marge's hair.
* As the page quote says, the line is "Nobody gets left behind or forgotten" in {{Disney}}'s ''LiloAndStitch'', but the titular alien learns the lesson and goes to rather dramatic extremes to make sure that Gantu does not leave Earth with Lilo.
* In the children's cartoon ''RescueHeroes'', Billy Blazes, the chief of his rescue team often states that nobody gets left behind in spite of what disaster they may face. This is attributed to when he was a kid when a fire broke out and he was the only one left in the building, one of the firemen saved him and told him how no one would be left behind no matter how dangerous the situation is save them.
* ''OzzyAndDrix'' has this:
-->'''Ozzy''': Go on without me!
-->'''Drix''': You mean that?
-->'''Ozzy''': NO! SAVE ME! SAVE ME RIGHT NOW!
* Parodied in British comedy show ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust'' in "They All Come Home", a parody of ''Film/BlackHawkDown''.
* The Thunder Lizards of ''EekTheCat'' grudgingly remembered this rule when an obnoxious parody of Creator/MrT got dragged away by a carnivorous plant. Then one said, "But we don't have to hurry," and they smiled and moseyed.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
-->'''Zoidberg''': Go on without me!\\
'''Leela''': I'm trying!\\
''[Pan down to show Zoidberg is holding on tight to Leela's legs.]''\\
'''Zoidberg''': Go on without me faster!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Jihad". While escaping a lava flow Spock is thrown from the vehicle and Captain Kirk goes back to save him. Spock tells him to go and [[HeterosexualLifePartners Kirk]] says "Not without you."
* In the ''FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' episode "Recap/TheCure", this is discussed by the Thing.
-->[[BroughtDownToNormal I may not have powers]], [[Heartwarming/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes but Ben Grimm never leaves his team behind.]]
* Notably in one episode of ''TheSmurfs'', Lazy and a bunch of other Smurfs get trapped in a volcano and work to rebuild a windmill into a helicopter so they could escape. Lazy feels entirely at fault for letting the Smurfs down and trapping them in the volcano, but Smurfette refuses to let him stay behind to perish.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode ''Long Way Till Morning'', in which RetiredBadass Hudson refuses to leave behind a wounded Goliath even though Demona is after them both and Goliath tells him multiple times to do so.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Famous and macabre example: when the Chinese army attacked UN forces in Korea in the brutal winter of 1950, they surrounded the elite and famous US 1st Marine Division. Faced with utter annihilation, the division's officers rallied their men by vowing to get everyone out, including the wounded and the dead. Their convoys coming down out of the mountains, depicted in newsreel footage and several movies, reveal how brutal the fighting was and how determined they were to achieve that symbolic goal: their trucks and jeeps are festooned with frozen corpses wrapped in blankets and body bags.
** This ended up actually having a very fortunate outcome in terms of the war in general. At least two, probably three, Chinese Army Groups were tied up with the Marine Division and were unable to link up in time with their counterparts who were blazing through the U.S. and Korean armies (at least in comparison to the snail crawl that went on with the 1st).
* World War 2 example: 442nd Infantry Regiment of the United States Army famously rescued the "Lost Battalion" at Biffontaine in southern France. Over a five-day period, from October 26 to October 30, 1944, the 442nd suffered the loss of nearly half of its roster. Over 800 casualties, including 121 dead. While rescuing 211 members of the 36th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, which had been surrounded by German forces in the Vosges mountains since October 24. What is more extraordinary is that they volunteered for this duty after the other regiments in the area refused. What is more extraordinary is that they were Japanese-Americans, many of whom had families held in internment camps back home in the USA.
** The 442nd were renowned for a truly absurd amount of bravery. They finished the war with more decorations per capita than any unit in American history. Among the awards was an astounding 21 Medals of Honor, one awarded posthumously in 1946 and 20 awarded over 50 years later in 2000.
*** They were also one of the rare regiments that went well over 100% casualty (more soldiers killed and injured than were on the original roster) over the course of the war.
* The Israeli military takes this to an extreme by trading important prisoners for its soldiers be they dead or alive. For example, captured soldier Gilad Shalit was eventually returned to Israel in exchange for over ''a thousand'' prisoners, almost three hundred of whom had been serving life sentences for terrorism offences.
* After the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing, the rescue workers in the area of the building housing the US Marine Corps Recruiting Office happened to be either active duty or Reserve Marines. The bodies of Captain Randolph Guzman and Sergeant Benjamin Davis were recovered by them, and as they removed the bodies from the scene, everyone fell silent, because (in the words of one witness) "The Marines were bringing out their own." And every year, one Marine officer and one Marine NCO in dress blues leave a wreath at the site.
* The Spartans last stand at Thermopylae concluded its last few moments with a handful of soldiers clustered round the body of their dead commander, Leonidas, before an arrow storm finally finished them off.
* In the Battle of Mogadishu (made famous in ''Film/BlackHawkDown''), following this policy resulted in many casualties.
** Many terrorist organizations are aware of this trope about the U.S and that is of the reasons why the U.S. are normally wary in sending ground troops into a foreign land, unless there's no other choice.
* The 1953 American attempt to summit K2, the second highest mountain and arguably the most difficult in the world, was frustrated by weather and mountain sickness. The eight man team attempted to carry one of their number off the mountain, a nearly impossible feat at that altitude. Then a near disastrous accident left everybody shaken and/or injured. The team decided to camp to recover and consider their options leaving their injured companion, Art Gilkey, secured in his litter to the mountain face but when they came to fetch him he had been swept away, litter and all, by an avalanch he might well have deliberately called down upon himself in a HeroicSacrifice to save his comrades.
* Hideaki Akaiwa was at work on March 11th, 2011 when the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami hit his city of Ishinomaki, Japan. His wife of twenty years was trapped in their home under the waves, and rescue workers could not get to her. Rather than just give in to fate, Hideaki somehow managed to get a SCUBA kit and dove into the raging waters of the tsunami to rescue her. Navigating through the waters and dodging numerous obstacles including cars, downed power lines and ''houses'' getting swept away in the current, he managed to find his home and his wife. She was alive, and thanks to Hideaki was rescued. This alone is impressive, but when his mother was declared missing, he did it ''again'' and saved her. And for the duration of the disaster, he went out on his bicycle alone with a folding knife, a few bottles of water, his SCUBA gear and gave help wherever he could. He was named BadassOfTheWeek for that.
* Medal of Honor recipient Roy P. Benavidez rescued thirteen men from a ''battalion'' of North Vietnamese soldiers, including running over to a downed Huey helicopter and physically carrying the crew to another helicopter, and directing airstrikes while his eyes were ''blinded with the blood pouring into them.'' Did I mention he was only carrying a knife? He received thirty-seven wounds from bullets, bayonets and grenade blasts in the process, his guts were hanging out, and was placed in a body bag after the battle, and had the strength to spit in the doctor's face when declared a goner. '''He lived.''' Here is a condensed summary of the story: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lHkrqlT62o video]], and here is the Medal of Honor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Benavidez#Medal_of_Honor_citation citation]].
* During the Winter War and Continuation War, the Finnish army made a point of this. Turns out it worked really well to scare your opponents. The Finns usually collected their dead during the night. Thus when morning came and the Russians surveyed the battlefield all they found were their own dead soldiers. Not knowing whether you actually killed any of your enemies plays merry hell on their morale.
** Of course, the alternative to the Russian not hitting any Finns is that they simply return to life when it got cold enough... Knife-wielding sniper-zombies? Count me out.
* Dov Lopatyn the leader of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%81achwa_Ghetto The Lachwa Ghetto ]] was informed by the Germans that the ghetto was to be liquidated and that the inhabitants would be [[DeadlyEuphemism "deported"]]. They tried to get his cooperation by promising that the members of Judenrat, the ghetto doctor and 30 labourers (whom Lopatyn could choose personally) would be spared. His reply was [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Either we all live, or we all die"]].
* The US military spends considerable time and effort locating their missing war dead; including those going back to WorldWarTwo.
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