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->'''Phileas Fogg:''' Watch out on the right! ''(Passepartout turns around to find nothing)'' ...[[YourOtherLeft No, no, my right.]]\\
''(Passepartout gets ganged up on)''\\
'''Passepartout:''' [[TropeNamer STOP HELPING ME!]]\\
'''Phileas Fogg:''' ''(sheepishly)'' Sorry.
-->-- ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' (2004)

Sometimes, "help" can be more trouble than it's worth.

Every gamer knows the scenario: It's taken you the best part of three hours to get to this stage of the game. Your mission involves skill and dexterity, but that's all right -- you're a professional by now. A few more seconds and you're home free. Sneak behind the guard... good, he didn't see you. Now go left... move forward... you're almost safe...

'''''"BE CAREFUL!!!"'''''

Bang goes your concentration. You were so focused that the [[MostAnnoyingSound whiny voice]] that just screeched from the screen made you [[JumpScare jump five feet in the air]]. Worse, you dropped the controller and made your character bolt from his hiding place and fire the gun. Now every guard in the vicinity is beating you to a pulp. GameOver.

Who was responsible for your last nanosecond failure? Was it TheDragon? A cunning [[TheMole mole]]? An agent of the BigBad, [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard programmed by the AI to be unbelievably skillful, with flawless timing]]? Nope, it was your ExpositionFairy, and it just couldn't keep its damned mouth shut for two more seconds.

It ''can't'' be simple coincidence that so many characters that are meant to "help" you sport irritating voices, social ineptitude and the worst sense of timing on the planet. It ''has'' to be a conspiracy. It's also sadistic -- [[AllThereInTheManual in the game manual]], it says that this character is a loyal best friend or devoted assistant. He's there to help you. You wish he wouldn't.

The character that has you screaming "Stop helping me!" is usually an ExpositionFairy who either has an attitude problem or interrupts when you really wish they wouldn't. Sometimes it's [[QuirkyBard a party member who's a master of the]] UselessUsefulSpell -- or who [[LeeroyJenkins keeps getting overexcited and killing you with friendly fire]]. In extreme cases, it's the character the player is controlling, if they're annoying/inept enough; stupid catchphrases and idiotic behavior during cutscenes have resulted in many a player [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential wasting a life by directing their playing character off a cliff, just for revenge]].

Unfortunately, these annoyances are never disposable characters. You're stuck with them for the entirety of the game. The best you can hope for is that they do a FaceHeelTurn and become the bad guy's problem. In fact, sending them to the opposite faction might be a good tactical maneuver on your part. However, in that instance, MurphysLaw will kick in and they'll be [[GoodIsDumb just as effective fighting against you as they were ineffective fighting for you]]. ''C'est la vie.'' At least you don't have to listen to their voice constantly and you finally have that excuse to kill them that you've been waiting all game for.

In fact, most "guide" characters will try the player's patience if they've played the game through a couple of times -- like the tutorial levels, they're not really needed after the first play through. And maybe not even then. Smarter game designers will give players the option of turning the character "off" when the player doesn't want their help, or the guide only helping when the player specifically asks him or her to.

This should go without saying, but try to avoid sticking AI sidekicks in here that are simply not [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard perfect]]. If they can pull their own weight in a fight, but have different priorities and thresholds for doing things than a player might, then they probably don't belong here. (Complaining that the computer is trying to use its healing items on you earlier than you necessarily want it to, for example, does not put them in StopHelpingMe territory -- especially in a game without a HyperspaceArsenal.)

Compare EscortMission, OffendingTheCreatorsOwn, TheMillstone, WorstAid. Compare MissionControlIsOffItsMeds, where the voice is intentionally designed to be unhelpful or confusing. Related to ForYourOwnGood and DontShootTheMessage. When it happens ''regardless'' of what is happening, it's ContinueYourMissionDammit.
!!Example Subpages

* StopHelpingMe/VideoGames

!!Other Examples


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''{{Bokurano}}'' has our little friend Koyemushi, which is supposed to be the guide for the kids while on Zearth. While he is forced to obey the kids while they are contracted, he is extremely cynical, cruel, and will often "forget" to give out certain pieces of information, all because he loves to see the kids agonize and cry. Extra points for actually helping the kids exclusively when he knew it would hurt them more than it would help them. He agreed to get Jun out of the contract at one time, for example. All he had to do was to [[spoiler: force his sister/cousin into the contract so she would fight for him in the next battle.]]
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': Earlier in the series, Asurada tries to teach its partner Hayato how to drive properly, but he ignores his advices, and he even tries to ''destroy'' Asurada when the machine indirectly caused the crash involving him and his friend Johji (which resulted in the latter's retirement from Cyber Formula).
* In ''InfiniteStratos'', When Houki, Rin, and Cecilia all try to explain to Ichika how to use the IS with their TechnoBabble, it only serves to confuse him. On the other hand, Charles offers to duel Ichika, and after sounding [[CurbStompBattle stomping him]], he offers some tips on Ichika's weaknesses and explains things that makes it easy for him to understand. He also helps train Ichika on using a rifle, and seems a bit too friendly, causing the girls to get quite [[ClingyJealousGirl jealous]].
* In ''LightNovel/KonoNakaNiHitoriImoutoGaIru'', Shougo runs away from Miyabi and Konoe in episode 3 due to their insistence on "training him to like girls".
* ''Manga/{{Legendz}}'': In the manga, Ken gains possession of the Golden Soul Doll, except that he doesn't want to use it -- he even goes so far as to dodge the beam that the Golden Soul Doll gives Shiron when they're almost down for the count. Eventually, of course, he gets so tired that he has to give in, and Shiron transforms massively. More a case of HoldingBackThePhlebotinum, but in this case, the Phlebotinum is actively trying to help. The reason Ken doesn't want to use it is because he's afraid he'll start relying on it to get him out of every scrape.
* The ''Mazinger'' series:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Several times Kouji complained Sayaka she was getting in the way, hindering him and making more harm than good. And even though he can have a point, he could telling it in a more tactful way...
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Jun Hono was a {{Tsundere}} ActionGirl with a worth-of-years extensive training like mecha pilot and martial artist. Likewise, her HumongousMecha [[FemBot Venus A]] was clearly more powerful than the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' {{Fem Bot}}s). During her first mecha battle she fought the Mykene War Beast skilfully, gaining the upper hand several times. She could have won... if Boss would have not gotten in the way EVERY TIME she was about of finishing the {{Robeast}} off, telling her [[StayInTheKitchen girls should not fight]] and he would look after the Mykene monster. Whenever she managed to shove him off, the War Beast had recovered and she had to begin again. The ironical part is Boss thought he was being chivalrous, charming and kind instead of an offensive and hindering nuisance.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has Yuma, who is irritated by Astral frequently giving him advice on what moves to execute in his duels, despite the fact that he is totally clueless without the help.
** In one early episode, in fact, Yuma gets so angry at Astral that he tells him he will ''not'' do what Astral tells him to do from this point. Astral then starts [[ReversePsychology purposely giving Yuma ''bad'' advice]], and as expected, Yuma does the exact opposite, which turns out to be what he has to do in order to win.
** Then again, all of this may be because Yuma can't take any criticism from Astral.

* Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} attracts his share of wannabe heroes who are always looking to help him out. From the bumbling but earnest Frog-Man to portly wunderkind the Steel Spider, for a time in the 80s Spidey just couldn't get away from would-be sidekicks who screwed up everything that he tried to do. Reaches its zenith in ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #266 by PeterDavid, where Spidey's big crisis is The Toad, Frog-Man, and the Spectacular Spider-Kid all competing with each other for the privilege of being his sidekick.
* Reverend James Maddox, in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', has noticed a consistent association between members of X-Factor trying to help him and his life being in danger.
* In the first appearance of {{Supergirl}} (a construct created when Jimmy Olsen wished Superman had a companion), she tried to assist Supes but kept screwing things up. For example, when she tried to put out a fire with SuperBreath, it was so powerful, it knocked the building over.
* Dudes, ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat-Mite]]''!
* Betty Kane, who was the first ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} and current [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Flamebird]]. She is so useless that even Beast Boy does not count on her. You have to suck pretty hard for that to happen.
** Pre TakingALevelInBadass, that is. As of the new Batwoman series, though...
* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' on helpful animal companions: "[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090823 ...These are worse.]]"
* There is a ''Closer to Home'' comic strip, where a plumber stuck a plunger onto the face of the woman whose toilet he was fixing. The caption said something along the lines of "Dispite (woman's name) helpful advice, (plumber's name) felt that he had a handle on the problem."
* On a less direct level, there seem to be a whole lot of powerful beings, ranging from physical computer programs to SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, who are compassionate enough to try to rescue that [[{{Superman}} poor Kryptonian orphan]] from the horrible brainwashing and abuse he's been subjected to by those [[HumansAreBastards savage, vile, inferior humans]] who are unworthy to breathe the same air as him. Supes doesn't really appreciate this, the UngratefulBastard.
* [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Fethry Duck, cousin of Donald Duck,]] genuinely wants to help everyone -- particularly Donald, whom he considers his favorite cousin -- but his "help" tends to create more problems than it solves. A NiceGuy for sure, but a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} {{Determinator}} and borderline [[TheKlutz Klutz]] who never seems to learn when to leave well enough alone.
* This is generally the response to Chase using fire-spewing gloves to fight a rock monster, in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''.
--> '''Gert:''' Great job, genius! Now we have a ''flaming'' rock monster attacking us!

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible encounters a really annoying boy who tries to be his sidekick. [[spoiler: When turned down, the boy gets mad and grows up to become the villain.]]
* Although by the end of the movie he's actually managed to be fairly helpful, Mushu of ''{{Mulan}}'' starts off as an incredibly awful companion to her. Witness how he tries to help her "befriend" her fellow soldiers, thus leading to a free-for-all, a great deal of resentment, and a very bad first impression on Shang. Not to mention his advice on how to be a man is at best contradictory and at worst, just plain ''wrong''. What makes this worse is that the only way he'll ever get in good with the ancestors again is if he succeeds in making Mulan a hero -- so his pathetic attempts to help Mulan not only make things worse for herself, they shoot him in the foot as well.
** Mulan got it better than the last member of the Fa family Mushu got assigned to, at least. Apparently Mushu got demoted from his position as a guardian because his guidance led to Fa Deng getting his head chopped off.
* In ''ElArca'' (Noah's Ark), in the English dub at least, Xiro and Dagnino are having their final battle, and this happens-
-->'''Kyrel:''' I'd like to see if you'll dare clobber the ''real'' king!\\
'''Dagnino:''' ''*punches the daylights out of Xiro*''\\
'''Kyrel:''' Are you so cruel as to kick him when he's down?!\\
'''Dagnino:''' Haha! Yes, I am. ''*kicks Xiro into a wall*''\\
'''Xiro:''' '''''Will you stop giving him ideas?!'''''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The TropeNamer is none other than infamous [[TheNineties Nineties]] flop ''Film/HudsonHawk''. In it, Anna tries to help Eddie (Creator/BruceWillis), who's fighting BattleButler Alfred, with a gun. Unfortunately, she's never fired a gun before. Her first shot '''ricochets off Eddie's belt buckle''', causing him to quote the Fifth Commandment.[[note]] ''"THOU SHALT NOT KILL! THOU SHALT NOT KILL!"'' (It's the Fifth Commandment in Catholicism, and in this film ChristianityIsCatholic)[[/note]] Her next shot wings him, causing him to name the trope.
* As seen in the page quote, JackieChan shouts this in the 2004 remake of ''Around the World in 80 Days''.
* ''Film/TheProducers'': In the original movie, when Leo Bloom stands up at their trial to speak in Max Bialystock's defense, he starts by listing all of Max's faults and shortcomings. "Stop helping me," Max says.
** In the musical remake, Max says "Don't help me" to both Leo's attempt to defend him to the chorus of old ladies who are singing off-key in the background as he tries to sing his verse to Leo.
* In ''Film/AllOfMe'', Roger provides a concise summary of the ways that Edwina, whose soul has been trapped inside his body for a large part of the film, has tried to help him, and the less-than-desirable effects this has had:
-->'''Roger:''' Since you started helping me, in the last twenty-four hours, I've lost my girl, my job, I've alienated my dog! I broke my sunglasses! You can't even ''get'' that kind anymore. ''Stop helping me''!!
* Mr. Shoop, from ''Summer School'' (1987), an hour and seven minutes in, goes to court and his students try to help him, to which he replies, "Guys, don't help."
* Neo holds this attitude towards "Kid" in the sequels to ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* Creator/JohnWoo's ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]'': "Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?"
* In ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', Harry manages to blurt this out a few times to Gay Perry, who is fiercely pissing off the thug who has some [[ElectricTorture electrodes]] attached to Harry's [[GroinAttack googlies]].
* ''Film/TheAbyss'': When Lindsey is trying to get the rest of the crew to believe her about the [[spoiler:underwater aliens]], Hippy, the resident conspiracy nut, goes into his usual ConspiracyKitchenSink speech. This results in a zinger:
-->'''Lindsey:''' Hippy, do me a favor? Stay off my side.
* Sir Robin's minstrels in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' praise him as a hero to potential enemies he'd rather run away from.
* In ''Film/TrueLies'', Gib is trying to help Harry get over his wife cheating on him [[spoiler:(she isn't, but Harry thinks she is)]]:
-->'''Harry Tasker:''' Stop cheering me up!
* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', friends' help is just as likely to hurt, to the point of a RunningGag. During Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" scene, Diane 'helps' Shaun fend off a zombie bartender by throwing darts, with mixed success.
--> '''Shaun''' ''[after Diane scores a hit]''': ''Yes! In the head! [[AmusingInjuries Aaaaow]]!''
* In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', James Bond switches out a real computer tape for a fake one to derail a villain's plan ... only to find that his latest BondGirl, out to be helpful, ''also'' switched the tapes.
--> '''Bond:''' You stupid twit, you put the real one back!
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''. Paris is attacked by four terrorists. Yes, you read that right: '''4''' terrorists. The [[{{Eagleland}} titular protagonists]] head there to save the day. By the end, all of the terrorists are dead... along with hundreds of Parisians. Oh, and the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre are lying in ruin. [[DestructiveSaviour Thanks]], [[IdiotHero cowboys]]. [[SarcasmMode Nice going]].

* In the novel based on the Creator/{{Infocom}} game ''Videogame/{{Wishbringer}}'', the hero is supplied with a magic radio that provides helpful advice and alerts him to danger... by turning itself on and playing music ''[[WithCatlikeTread very loudly]]'', invariably alerting the danger to ''him'' as well.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Dobby may be the personification of Stop Helping Me. His attempts to "save" Harry from danger inevitably led to Harry being worse off, and in the end Harry makes him promise to "never try to save my life again."
** [[FridgeLogic ... He broke that promise, too.]] And then [[spoiler: [[KarmicDeath he died]]]].
*** More like FridgeBrilliance. Dobby was a free elf when he made that promise. He had the freedom to choose whether or not to keep that promise. [[spoiler: When he broke that promise, that was in the last book, and he helped them escape from the Malfoy's house when Voldemort was going to be arriving any minute. He had a good reason to break his promise, and Harry and his friends really needed his help at that point. His death was shocking and sad, and he died being free and happy that he helped Harry Potter one final time.]]
** In The Card Game, the "Dobby's Help" card gives your opponent a bonus so excessive (drawing 10 cards) it brings them closer to losing. The flavor text is a line of Ron's from [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the book]]: "If he doesn't stop trying to save your life he's going to kill you."
** At one point, Harry alludes to a game of chess with Ron that he might not have lost so badly if Percy hadn't been trying to help him every second.
*** Another Percy example occurs in ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', when Harry is depressed over not being allowed to visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade. His other friends try to cheer him up by promising to bring him home candy and such. Percy offers what Harry considers the worst attempt to cheer him up, by trying to describe Hogsmeade as dull and not worth the excitement, but only manages to make it sound like a lot of fun.
* In the third ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' book ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'', Zaphod Beeblebrox's ship, the Heart of Gold, is invaded by deadly robots from [[spoiler:the planet Krikkit.]] In an attempt to gain passage to the bridge without the robots noticing, Zaphod instructs a door to be completely silent upon entering, instead of its usual content sigh. It then proceeds to loudly ask him immediately afterwards if it did a good job.
** ''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' is full of these, in fact. Most of them are the work of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, such as Marvin the Paranoid Android and Eddie the Shipboard Computer, as well as the aforementioned doors on the Heart of Gold. One of the non-robotic examples is Zaphod's set of Peril-Sensitive Sunglasses, which help you develop a relaxed attitude to danger; at the first hint of trouble, they turn totally black, and thus prevent you from seeing anything that might alarm you.
* Relatively minor example, in the picture book "Too Many Babas", everybody attempts to help out with the stew to the point it tastes like crap.
* ''DarthBane'': Johun Othone is made of this trope during the Duel on Tython in the second book of the trilogy. Darth Zannah herself remarks that had Johun not constantly been getting in the way of Sarro Xaj while both fought Zannah, she would have died.
** Later on, he ''does'' get called away. And she very nearly ''does'' get killed. Fortunately, Bane indirectly saves her.
* Literature/DonQuixote: Many characters (most memorably Andres, the flogged boy) react this way to Don Quixote's interference.
-->'''For the love of God, sir knight-errant, if you ever meet me again, though you may see them cutting me to pieces, give me no aid or succour, but leave me to my misfortune, which will not be so great but that a greater will come to me by being helped by your worship, on whom and all the knights-errant that have ever been born God send his curse''
* In ''[[TheEnchantedForestChronicles Searching for Dragons]]'', Mendabar has only one servant - an elf named Willin. Unfortunately for him, Willin is hellbent on fixing stupid things like Mendabar's dungeons and torture chambers not being properly stocked (as Mendabar notes, they haven't used those rooms for ages). He also keeps trying to arrange meetings between Mendabar and "proper" princesses, which angers Mendabar so much that he threatens to stick Willin in the rack he wanted to have bought, just for suggesting it.
** In ''Talking to Dragons'', the baby dragon's "shortcut" gets Daystar and Shiara caught by an evil firewitch. His next one turns out slightly better, in that they unexpectedly run into an ally instead of an enemy. By the time he offers a third shortcut through some underground caverns, the others are GenreSavvy enough to go with the instructions they were given.
** In ''Dealing With Dragons'', Cimorene has an unending stream of knights and princes showing up to "save" her from the dangerous dragon she's been "kidnapped" by. It's not until the second book that she figures out how to direct them towards princesses who ''do'' actually want to be rescued.
* ''Literature/TheManuscriptFoundInSaragossa'': Busqueros, a smug nobleman who loves "helping" people (often [[TheMatchmaker by manipulating them into marriage]]), and doesn't seem overtly concerned that his "help" more often than not ends up more or less badly for the recipient (up to and including causing their death.) If he thinks he knows how to do you a favor, he'll latch onto you and won't leave you, ever, and act very offended if you complain.
* In the misnamed book ''Moses May Have Been an Apache and Other Actual Facts'', it mentions a Dane who was executed for being "too helpful".
* The novels of Creator/PGWodehouse include several characters so inept that you're better off without them on your side.
** Bertie Wooster, when he attempts to be TheChessmaster, can turn any minor predicament into a catastrophe.
** Edwin the Boy Scout keeps getting behind on his "good deed a day" schedule and then causing trouble for his intended recipients by rushing to make up for it.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', as Jed tries to soothe the raging Granny, this exchange occurs:
--->'''Jed''': Why don't ya sit on the porch an' rock a spell...\\
'''Elly May:''' And play your harp!\\
'''Jethro:''' Yeah, that generally cools your temper!\\
'''Granny:''' WHAT TEMPER?!?\\
'''Jethro:''' Well, even Uncle Jed says you's a savage beast...\\
'''Jed:''' Don't help me, boy.\\

* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Season 3, episode "Dead Man's Party".
-->'''Cordelia:''' Put yourself in Buffy's shoes for just a minute, okay? I'm Buffy: Freak of Nature, right? Naturally, I pick a freak for a boyfriend, [[spoiler:and then he turns into Mr. Killing Spree,]] which is pretty much my fault--\\
'''Buffy:''' Cordy! Get out of my shoes!\\
'''Cordelia:''' I'm just trying to help.
** And later that season, in the episode "Doppelgangland", when Buffy and Xander try to cheer Willow up.
--->'''Willow:''' Old Reliable? Yeah, great, there's a sexy nickname.\\
'''Buffy:''' Well, I-I didn't mean it as...\\
'''Willow:''' No, it's fine. I'm Old Reliable.\\
'''Xander:''' She just means, you know, the geyser. You're like a geyser of fun that goes off at regular intervals.\\
'''Willow:''' That's Old Faithful.\\
'''Xander:''' Isn't that the dog that-that the guy had to shoot...\\
'''Willow:''' That's Old Yeller!\\
'''Buffy:''' Xander, I beg you not to help me.
** Similarly, Buffy tells Xander "Maybe you shouldn't help" in "Amends", after his hilarious attempt to threaten Willy the Snitch. (Afterwards, Willy deadpans "You did great, by the way. I was very intimidated by you." Xander buys it.)
* Comes up in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', too, after [[spoiler: Wesley kills an android disguised as his father, fully believing at the moment when he pulled the trigger that it WAS his father]]. His friends attempt to comfort him by telling stories about times in the past when they've had to kill their own parents as well. ("You know, I killed my mum. Well, first I made her a vampire, and then she tried to shag me, and THEN...") It isn't terribly comforting.
* In the early episodes of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Data has a habit of giving out information that's either more detailed than needed (prime example is giving out even the milliseconds of a time span) or not even asked for (like defining a term he heard along with listing related terms and information). He's usually interrupted by the annoyed Picard as sort of a RunningGag. This happens in the later episodes as well, but less often due to Data catching on to the more obvious cases.
** A specific example from "Up The Long Ladder," regarding the name of a ship:
--->'''Data:''' ''Mariposa''. The Spanish word for "butterfly".\\
'''Picard:''' Thank you, Data.\\
'''Data:''' I thought it might be significant, sir.\\
'''Picard:''' It doesn't appear to be, Data.\\
'''Data:''' No, sir.
** Picard eventually managed to get Data to shut up, but it took fifteen years (and a dopey wedding).
** In one instance, ''the ship's computer'' cut in while he was talking and said, "Thank you, sir. I comprehend."
* A tweaking of this has appeared on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' in the recurring segment "You're not helping!", [[DontExplainTheJoke in which Jon lambastes someone for an idiotic statement or action that counteracts what their expressed purpose is]].
* ''GilligansIsland''. Gilligan. Enough said.
* Said word-for-word in Reba, when the eponymous character brings detailed informstion about pregnancy to her daughter.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' Carrie tries to help Caroline with the laundry, but ends up dropping some linens onto the soil. Needless to say, Caroline tells Carrie to please stop helping.
* Seems to happen fairly frequently in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Usually they're just out for personal gain but occasionally they're sincerely trying to be useful. One obvious example is with Michael's girlfriend Rita, whom his family ultimately kidnaps, drugs, and beats. And that's when they were ''trying'' to be helpful.
** Another lesser example is when George Michael plans a surprise party for Maeby. This causes her to [[spoiler: lose the lucrative profession she'd only barely fallen into in the first place]].
** Anything to do with Lindsay being a [[{{Housewife}} stay-at-home mother]]. George Michael has to perpetually hover over her to keep her from destroying the house.
** Tobias' [[spoiler:brief and clueless stint as "TheMole"]]. He does a pretty poor job and screws everything up for ''everyone''.
** Any doctor. Any doctor at all.
** Actually, almost any time a character save for Maeby (who, in this show's rare example of a subversion of this trope, actually helps when she tries to) attempts to be helpful, they fail abysmally.
* ''Series/GoodEats:'' '''Don't say it!''' [[spoiler: Culinary anthropologist!]]
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had an episode (Promotion Commotion) where many of the enlisted men were up for promotion and were trying to ingratiate themselves to Hawkeye and BJ, who were on the promotions committee. While Hawkeye was chatting up a nurse, Sgt. Rizzo joined the conversation and told the nurse what a great guy Hawkeye was, prompting the nurse to leave and Hawkeye to yell at Rizzo that he didn't want his help.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'' series IV episode "Justice," Rimmer is put on trial for [[spoiler: killing the entire crew of the Red Dwarf]]. Kryten serves as Rimmer's defense attorney. His argument is that Rimmer exaggerated his own importance in the events.
-->'''Kryten:''' I simply have to establish that you're a neurotic, under-achieving emotional retard whose ambition far outstrips his miniscule ability, and consequently blames himself for an accident for which he could not possibly have been responsible..\\
'''Rimmer:''' You're going to prove that I was innocent of negligence on the grounds that I'm a half-witted incompetent?
* ''Series/BeingHuman'' has Tully giving George advice on how to get a date with Nina. Said advice pretty much boils down to crudely hitting on her (Tully...isn't the most refined person) and George does not realize why that might offend a girl. Nina, being her DeadpanSnarker self, has a few words in return.
** Later in the season, Annie tries to help Mitchell get a new job by sitting in on his interview and coaching him nonstop. All this does is distract him and make him look insane, since he, as a vampire, can see Annie but the human woman he's interviewing with can't. Annie's next attempt at helping him (forging a letter of recommendation) actually does help him get the job.
* In ''Series/ThatMetalShow'', Eddie Trunk can't stand when the co-hosts and guests "help" him when he's trying to puzzle out a Stump the Trunk answer, mainly because said "help" is anything but.

[[folder:New Media]]
* Clippit (a.k.a. Clippy), the animated paper clip "assistant" in ''Microsoft Office''. He doesn't actually do anything (if you chose to click on him, you discover he's just a glorified search function) but he pops up almost as soon as you start typing and makes noises during his animations. Clippy is just one of several assistants (including a dog and a wizard) which differ from him by animations and little else -- i.e., they're equal on annoyance level. Clippy just gets all the sass [[DefaultSettingSyndrome because he's the default one]].
** Parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': A python attacks a Springfield school computer, and Clippy springs up to say, "You look like you're trying to eat me. Need some help?"
** Parodied again in another ''Simpsons'' episode. "It looks like you're trying to blow up the computer. Mind if I hug my kids?"
** Also parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. "It looks like you're trying to take over the world. Do you need some help?" Stewie's response: "Go away, you paper clip! No one likes you!"
** ''Also'' parodied in a small spoof "advert" for Windows RG ("Really Good"), where typing ''anything'' causes Clippy to appear.
--->'''Clippy:''' Hey! It looks like you're writing a letter! And if you're not, you should. Letters are neat!
** Yet another parody on 2DTV: during a sketch in which ''Matrix'' characters end up inside the Windows system, Clippy turns up with a cheery "Hey, you look like you're trying to write a letter -- want some help?" only to be smited away. Later, she reappears with a "Hey, you look like you're trying to beat up Bill Gates, want some help?", only this time she is left alone as she kicks the dustbin Bill Gates is currently sticking out of.
** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/clippy-finally-messes-with-the-wrong-word-doc/ this]]. Corruption blackmail, suicide attempts, Cthulhu... this story has it all!
** From ''Videogame/MassEffect1'':
-->'''The Mira VI:''' It looks like you are trying to restore the station. Would you like help?\\
'''Shepard:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Oh crap. A pop-up.]]
** And to drive the point home, Microsoft cast ''Gilbert Gottfried'' as the voice of Clippy in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB03aRifPLU a series of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJCv8ru3L98 Flash]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMShkAZR1-Q shorts]] that were part of an advertising campaign for Office XP promoting the fact that he finally bit the dust.
*** Though despite this, Office Assistants were still there; they were just disabled by default. They were completely removed in Office 2007.
** Parodied in several freeware games, such as a Clippy Blaster shoot-em-up, as well as an intentionally-unhelpful assistent for Unix editor VI, called [=VIgor=]. This was first suggested as a joke in webcomic ''UserFriendly'', but the internet being the internet, somebody [[{{Defictionalization}} actually created it]], sporting such gems as "You seem to be trying to move the cursor to the left. Are you sure you want to do that?"
** Also, the assistant Cuppit from adventure game spoof ''{{META}}''.
** Clippy's "assistance" methods have since spread to Hotmail and Windows Vista, which will block various things without allowing you the option to manually override the block. To add to the problem, the false positive rate is astounding, to the point where the majority of positives will be false positives.
** Clippy is seen when [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1886349 The Matrix Runs on Windows XP]]:
--->''"It looks like you're trying to bend a spoon with your mind. Can I help you with that?"''
** And then Neo bends Clippy with his mind.
** Later:
--->''"Looks like you're trying to free humanity. Want some help?"''
** Comedian Demetri Martin once did a joke about Clippy helping to write a ransom letter. "You should use stronger language, you'll get more money!"
** The guys at ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' created an episode in which the character of Sarge (stereotypical Texan TurnedUpToEleven) reminisced about being "next in line to be one of those little Office Assistant thingies." It then had a shot of Sarge being an Office Assitant - popping up on page and screaming "WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY ''DIRTBAG!'') which was CrowningMomentOfFunny. CrowningMomentOfAwesome came when mere hours after the episode was released a Red Vs Blue fan ''actually created a Sarge Office Assistant that popped up and scream at you "WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY DIRTBAG"''
** In 2005, when Microsoft ("a company with a doubly un-erotic name") backed out of supporting a gay rights bill in Washington because of threats of a boycott, ''Series/TheDailyShow'' showed the explanatory company-wide email as it would have been typed into Microsoft Outlook: "I don't want the company to be in the position of appearing to dismiss the deeply held beliefs of any employee by picking sides on a..." Up pops Clippy: [[TakeThat "You seem to be composing a lame cop-out. Need help?"]]
** A CaptainErsatz of Clippy appears in the first issue of IDW's [[Series/DoctorWho Eleventh Doctor]] comic series. When the TARDIS lands on a planet that is essentially a halfway home for holographic spam email, one of the holograms is a talking stapler that offers advice at the most inopportune moments (sample dialogue: "You appear to be about to be disemboweled by a monster. Would you like any assistance?") Subverted in that the stapler proves in the end to be genuinely helpful and resolves the "B" plot -- which is Amy and Rory about to be disemboweled by two monsters.
* Automatic spelling correction -- it often a) corrects a word that isn't wrong, or b) picks the wrong correction. Bonus points for correcting into the wrong language, e.g. a name of an English book in a bulk of Czech text. (Infamously, the Czech edition of one version of MS Word corrected "n" [as a single-letter word] to "a". Woe to you if you want to use the letter N as an abbreviation or a symbol for something.)
** The English version also "corrects" lower case i to upper case I.
** If you are British/Irish/Australian/etc, you would be familiar with the infuriating experience of getting perfectly legitimate words like ''realise'' and ''centre'' "[[WeAllLiveInAmerica corrected]]".
** Once turned "[[http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/01/gunman-be-at-west-hall/ gunna be at west hall this afternoon]]" into a false alarm that got a school locked down.
** The [[{{iOS}} iPhone's]] spell checker has a bad tendency to insert unwanted apostrophes, especially changing hell to he'll and well to we'll.
** Even if there's no automatic correction, spell-checkers can be annoying. Microsoft Word thinks "Tony" is just fine, but "Tony's" is obviously incorrect; you must have meant "Toni's" (whu...?).
** the site [[http://www.damnyouautocorrect.com Damn You Autocorrect]] exists for a very good reason.
* Any internet search engine that tries to predict what you're going to type before you type it by offering up a list of suggestions, especially if that list covers up or moves the "search" button so that you try to click on "search" and end up hitting the suggestion instead, as seen [[http://i52.tinypic.com/eajfvb.jpg here]]. Especially when you copy something, paste it into the search engine, and go to click "search."
** Website/{{Google}} can be a pain sometimes, as seen [[http://i55.tinypic.com/v49sgx.jpg here]]. You type something in, and it searches for something '''else''' under the assumption that you're too stupid to type in what you want.
*** Not to mention the highly distracting "instant search" which looks for things as you type them, and often searches for all the wrong things until you're done typing completely. But for every letter you type, it seems to find something drastically different, combined with the previously-mentioned "covering of the Search button".
* Website/YouTube now offers helpful suggestions in case you spell something correctly, as seen [[http://i52.tinypic.com/1z6efl5.jpg here]].
** Which became especially stupid when searching for VideoGame/TheIdolmaster, when it would replace the a with @ and then FAIL TO FIND ANYTHING because it couldn't recognize the @ symbol.
** Also on the subject of Website/YouTube, it has a tendency to respond to slowly-loading videos by reducing the quality automatically. Some people would rather have their video load slowly than play poorly, and these people are the most likely to notice YouTube doing this and respond by putting the quality back up again, taking up more time than it would have if YouTube had simply left the video alone. Even worse is that sometimes YouTube will ''lock off the higher quality option'' when it does this, forcing the user to refresh the page, and taking up even more time.
*** Particularly nasty is how YouTube gives an option to never play high-quality video to improve load times...but no option to never play low-quality video.
* Yahoo Answers seems to panic if one uses proper punctuation, as seen [[http://i55.tinypic.com/12557ki.jpg here]].
* The imageboard ''4chan'' briefly gained a Clippy-inspired "helper" one April first. Asking Sticky the 4chan Assistant for help with "trolling" emptied your post and name fields, and replaced it all with the words "DICK BUTT".
* Rogue security programs. They're not even really trying to help you (quite the opposite, actually), but that's how they try to come off.
* In fact, you can generalize this to any "user-friendly" program on the computer that does things for you, especially if you're well-versed in computers and probably knew exactly what you wanted to do before the oh-so-helpful program did something else and totally screwed everything up. All computer geeks have stories about this. There is a reason most Linux distros let you do everything yourself: it's because Linux is written by and for geeks and geeks DO NOT LIKE programs that think they know better than the user does.
* Pokemon Showdown, a website used to simulate competitive Pokemon battling, has a few tools to help beginners be as competitive as reasonably possible. It lists Pokemon by tier, moves by how viable they are on the Pokemon in question, and optimal EV spreads based on the Pokemon's stats and moves. While this is all well and good in theory, it's mostly automatically generated and a few Pokemon can really screw up how it's built. For an example, Magmortar is very notorious among the RU crowd for this reason; it needs high Speed to function with any real degree of success, but the automated EV generator will almost invariably give it high HP at the expense of Speed. It's also based on the assumption that players will be using maximum-level Pokemon, meaning that players of Little Cup (a spinoff metagame where all legal Pokemon are at level 5) can sometimes encounter hilarious results like [[http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/Malkyrian/suggested.png this]]. [[note]]255 is the maximum number of EVs legal in any one stat, and negative EVs are never possible.[[/note]]
* An early (1970s) example was Warren Teitelman's DWIM ("Do What I Mean") package which was designed to correct common errors in programming, making the program do what the programmer (supposedly) intended as opposed to what was actually stated in the source code. (This is in contrast to most problem-finding software[[note]]such as '''lint'''[[/note]], which simply prints out warnings about possibly error-causing source code constructs and leaves it to the programmer to decide whether to act on those warnings.) Critics were of the opinion that while DWIM might work well with Teitelman's idiosyncrasies, it would tend to aggravate other people's errors and make programs display unpredictable behavior. Since 2003, Teitelman works for Google.

[[folder: Pinball]]
* In the ''Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' pinball game, you actually get a ''bonus'' for cutting off Data when he talks at times.
--> '''Data''': Had you projected the ball at the proper velocity, you would have been rewa-- ''[hit flipper buttons]''\\
'''Picard''': THANK YOU, Mr. Data.
* Both ''Pinball/MonsterBash'' and ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'' have features where the machine tries to control the flippers for you (Phantom Flip and Thing Flips, respectively). If they miss, tough luck. If they mess and the rebound drains, really tough luck.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* One of the more common tropes back in the territory days to create friction between friends/tag team partners was to have one try and help the other during a match, only for it to go horribly wrong.

* "When the Foeman Bares His Steel", from Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', has police officers singing about how song helped them gain courage for the battle with the pirates. Then, the woman chorus tried to help. By praising their noble sacrifice in facing pirates, focusing all on how screwed the policemen were. The chief went on to [[LampshadeHanging observe too great a stress on the risks that on them pressed, and of reference a lack to their chance of coming back.]] Still, perhaps, it would be wise not to carp or criticize, for it's very evident these attentions were well-meant....

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In the ''[[TheTerminator T2 3-D: Battle Across Time]]'' show at Universal Studios, this is The Terminator's response to John Connor's repeatedly telling him how close the baddie was.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' we have Caboose. The character that is so inept that other characters tell him that their enemies are on their side, just so Caboose will "teamkill" his enemies. They even have a macro on their keyboards at command to record Caboose's teamkills (Ctrl+F+U).
* Private Partz in ''A Day in the Life of a Commissar'', a ''DawnOfWar'' Machinima, brings down all three SpaceMarine heroes on poor Commissar Steeve, by saying things like: "I bet he could take on all three of ya! even if you had, like, PsychicPowers!"
* Parodied in the Mega Man X episode of WebVideo/{{Sequelitis}}, which focuses on ways of implying what actions the player can take ''without'' directly stating them.
--> '''Roll:''' MEGA MAN MEGA MAN!
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''. In "How to Control Freaks", Twilight's [[VitriolicBestBuds normally-dysfunctional]] friends are suddenly [[NotHimself not themselves]], and they try to help Twilight as much as possible. They only manage to interfere with Twi's attempt to write a journal entry.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Elan's enthusiastic attempts to help his friends with his music are sometimes... less than useful.
-->'''Elan:''' ♪ Bluff, Bluff, Bluff, Bluff the stupid ogre! ♪
** Possibly even better:
--> '''Elan:''' ♪ Sneak, Sneak, Sneak Sneak silently across the battlefield! ♪\\
'''Haley:''' Elan, that's ''the one example the Players' Handbook gives of a situation where that doesn't work!''
* The [[MadScientist sparks]] of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' often get a little carried away with having fun and forget they're supposed to actually, you know, be doing things.
** Also, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091116 Moloch]] trying to argue with what was sadistically insane AI when it was functioning ''properly''.
* Happens ''all the time'' in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''.
** On one occasion, when Schlock accidentally lets slip to the clients they're planning to con that they made plans to... well, con them. Elf manages to explain it away as a [[CrazyPrepared security precaution]].
--->'''Schlock:''' Nice cover.\\
'''Elf:''' ''Stop helping''.
** In [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-02-18 this strip]] Dr. Bunnigus tells Schlock to shut up while she's trying to counsel a distraught Para Ventura over her fear [[spoiler:about killing others]].
* Done in [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0443.html this]] Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids comic.
* Gail [[http://whenshewasbad.smackjeeves.com/comics/737476/13-26/ hits Ben with this line]] in ''WhenSheWasBad''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}''
** A ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' campaign where a {{pyromaniac}}al rigger [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/07/06/ Twitch]] (Abbie's PC) [[http://www.weregeek.com/2008/03/28/ saved]] Aeon (Mark's PC):
--->'''Mark:''' You're totally not allowed to rescue me any more.
** Later his PC [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/07/07/ needs some help]] once more:
--->'''Abbie:''' ''Never fear!!'' Twitch will come to the rescue!\\
'''GM:''' Heh. I don't even ''need'' to throw bad guys at you. I just have to give Twitch half a chance and you all go boom!
* In ''LifeWithLamarr'', Kleiner's "helpful advice" drives Magnusson insane.
* In ''ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter004/ib020.html Dara resents her bodyguard, but since she didn't hire her, can't get rid of her.]] [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter004/ib021.html Not that Elnor likes it very much either.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', after Squiggly ruined Slick's date, he volunteers to help with fixing this. Slick [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2072 explains what he wants his friend to do]].
* Happens to [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=231 Big Boss]] in TheLastDaysOfFoxhound.
* Jareth in ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' is really enthusiastic about helping his ''friends'' but he sucks at being good or even at vaguely helpful. Direct examples: His plan for fixing his roommate's relationship involved turning the guy into a kid again. And when they needed to rescue someone from a stuck elevator he was the one shouting and being in the way (at least he wasn't the [[WithFriendsLikeThese one with the dynamite]]).
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' has most of Stanley The Tool's major units take this attitude towards their boss. In the second book [[spoiler: Maggie uses hypnosis and thus successfully]] asks Stanley to put [[spoiler:Lord Hamster]] in charge and leave their headquarters so that he could think. This is actually a double example, as it [[spoiler: was the exact opposite of Lord Hamster's actual plan to promote someone on-site since the command bonus would be enough to turn the tide.]]
-->'''Lord Hamster''': Y'know... as far as helping his own cause goes, Stanley is somewhere between [[JustEatGilligan Gilligan]] and [[TheStarscream Starscream]].
* Used word for word by Kin in Webcomic/{{Goblins}}, when Minmax [[spoiler:stabs her a second time]] while attempting to [[spoiler:stab the alternate Kin who's attacking her]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': When talking with the police about Clippy, in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02376.htm this]] strip, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]] is forced to order Blunt to shut up, in spite of Blunt believing he was helping Kornada [[spoiler:by revealing that he was responsible for the release of Gardener in the Dark.]]
* Ursula's specialty in ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'', demonstrated especially during the Fall Festival.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the webseries ''[[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]] and the {{Yogscast}} 'play' {{Magicka}}'', Simon is prone to this, though he is not the only one of the three. An incident caused by Lewis named the third episode ''Please Stop Healing Me''.
* The general premise of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B2LPxggvqY&feature=related Gandalf Goes to the World Cup]]." The new members of the Fellowship use vuvuzelas as their method of furthering the quest. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''ThereWillBeBrawl'', Link finally says it: "SHUT THE FUCK UP, NAVI!", and ''throws his canteen at her.''
* MLB.com recently added a scout feature to its gameday feature that spurts out random facts that fans traditionally don't care about. You used to be able to turn it off, but that no longer does anything.
* Yugi mocks Kaiba in Episode 60 of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' by repeatedly asking whether he needs a reminder of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin De-Fusion]]'s effect. Despite Kaiba constantly refusing, he explains the effect under Kaiba's cries of "SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP!"
* The RP blog [[https://twitter.com/WhiteFeminist White Feminist]] is a parody of [[StrawFeminist overreactive feminists]] and AttentionWhore social justice bloggers who's idiotic attempts to spread equality and improve other's lives cause more harm than good. Highlights include correcting a black woman on her usage of the term black and changing an Asian-descended friend's computer language to Chinese in an attempt to keep said friend from forgetting her cultural identity.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' has several of these. In one episode, the people of Mainframe get dumbed down to the point of utter stupidity, and during a Game session, try to help Enzo by getting in the way. He only manages to save the day by convincing them to 'help' the User. In another episode, two binomes sneak into the Game and set off an explosion that blew up a planet to beat the User. Unfortunately, they were [=INSIDE=] the planet at the time and only escaped by the narrowest of margins. This prompts Bob to give an [[InfoDump informational seminar]] on the nature of Games and why they should stay the hell out.
** ''I am helping by making your boots go faster!'' *Hits reverse*
* This is the entire premise of ''Best Ed''.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' where the guys' evil twins show up, Bizarro Dr. Quinn "helps" out Bizarro Sparks, by shattering the jar that houses his disembodied head which is the only thing keeping him alive, then pouring salt on him while jumping up and down while shouting "I'm helping!"
* Robin's doppelganger ''Larry'', from an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a parody of the aforementioned Bat-Mite.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Doctor Octopus should really think about kicking Electro out of the Sinister Six: in "Group Therapy" he (accidentally) electrocuted Doc Ock SEVERAL TIMES in his attempt to kill Spider-Man. Not happy with that, he, along with Shocker, knocked out Rhino, thanks to Spidey's DeadlyDodging. Then, in "Reinforcements" he tried to free the Vulture from Spidey's web... by, once again, electrocuting him. Oh, but that doesn't end here: in "Shear Strengh", Spider-Man [[GenreSavvy intentionally presses his]] BerserkButton by calling him repeatedly Max (his real name), making him shoot lightning bolts everywhere. The result? The destruction of the Master Planner's base.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** Flash, Batman and the Martian Manhunter are trying to fly a Thanagarian ship, which is currently on the lawn of Wayne Manor. Flash, being his usual self, [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo randomly presses a button on the ship's control panel out of curiosity]]. The button turns out to be the "fire" button for the ship's armaments, which leads to a rather large hole in Wayne Manor.
--->'''Batman:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUof_lw46h8 That's. Not. Helping.]]
** Lobo strong-arming himself into the Justice League [[spoiler:following Superman's death]] in "Hereafter". It's clear the others only tolerate him because it's easier than not keeping him under their supervision, and when they finally get the impetus to kick him out in the end:
--->'''Lobo:''' Next time you lollipops need help, don't bother asking the Main Man!\\
'''J'honn:''' We didn't ask you ''this'' time!
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had Jazz fill this role for Danny, becoming his "sidekick" after finding out his secret identity. She not only refuses to listen to Danny's knowledge on ghosts, but also hacks into his computer to look at his ghost files, gives names to ghosts that Danny already knows, gets in Danny's way when he's trying to fight, and is generally unhelpful. This eventually leads to him screaming the trope name in a rather PunctuatedForEmphasis fashion.
* From ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'' ep. 47, "Bat Hound and the Robin", has Robbie the Robin wanting to becomes Ace's sidekick after he saves his life. Unfortunately, his attempts to "help" all end up getting worse and worse for the Bat Hound, to the point the usually [[TheStoic Stoic]] dog flees Gotham City and the persistent Robin to hide in Krypto's spaceship.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' features an episode in Book 2 with this as the plot. An Earth Kingdom General tries to help Aang reach the Avatar State... by tormenting him. The fort where this happens gets smashed to pieces.
* [[WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures "Pepper! Stop Helping!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rarity tends to react this way whenever [[CuteClumsyGirl her little sister]] tries to help her with things.
** Also what happens whenever [[TheKlutz Derpy]] tries to help with setting up for a party.
** This is the plot of the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E10SpikeAtYourService "Spike at your Service"]]. After Applejack saves Spike from a pack of timberwolves (wolf monsters [[VisualPun made out of wood]] that regenerate [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Dry Bones]]]-style when killed), he feels that he owes his life to her and starts helping her at the farm. After his help causes too much trouble, the ponies decide to fake another timberwolf attack for Spike to stop, in order to make him feel as if he repaid his "debt" and stop helping.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' has an annoying little boy who is obsessed with becoming a hero and constantly screwing up. When his school bus is caught in smog and everyone panics, he yells, "Turn on the headlights!" and tries to do it himself, but opens the door instead, letting in the smog and choking everyone. When Wheeler gets injured, he steals his ring and charges into battle, despite Wheeler warning him that only a chosen one can properly use the ring. Sure enough, when the kid tries to blast the villain, he can't control the fire and blows up random stuff.
* In the 2012 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2012}}'', Michaelangelo is even more prone to this than ever. The most obvious example is when his brothers are arguing about how to pick a lock in a Kraang stronghold, Mikey asks whether any of them had bothered just hitting the nearby button... Which actually activates the alarm. Which all of them knew because they had all seen the same buttons used to activate the alarm system in the past... include Mikey. He still presses the button before anyone can stop him.
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': When Sofia went hiking with her fellow buttercup scouts, King Roland was afraid she'd get hurt and ordered Baileywick to go along. Baileywick insisted in doing things for her, which made her lose several chances of earning merit badges. And she was just one away from winning a sunflower pin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' the titular character finds himself saying this on an almost daily basis to his overly enthusiastic niece Jade.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation L.U.N.C.H." the villain is Literature/RobinHood imitator Robin Food, who takes food from kids at school and gives it to the elderly. The elderly, of course, have difficulty eating the solid food that he brings them and would rather he bring them something easier to chew.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Anyone who has ever had a hypochondriac for a friend has probably felt this way at some point.
* Many an EMT or firefighter has at least thought this when someone untrained, unfortunately frequently a cop, attempts to "help".
* Backseat Drivers. Ironically, constantly needling the driver actually makes them so nervous they're more likely to be in an accident. You've had one. Panicky parents who are screaming at already-nervous teenagers are especially bad.
** Demonstrated on shows such as ''CanadasWorstDriver'' when the problem for some of the candidates isn't actually their driving skills, it's the pain in the ass their passenger is.
** Also, some people's spouses.
* The voice guide on GPS. Particularly if either it confuses the street you're on with another, doesn't understand how exit ramps work and tells you to turn in the middle of a bridge, or you get royally lost, making "Turn left" a MostAnnoyingSound of epic proportions.
--> "Recalculating..."
* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19899_5-popular-forms-charity-that-arent-helping.html "5 Popular Forms of Charity (That Aren't Helping)"]] has several examples that fall under this:
** Breast cancer awareness campaigns, in order to make themselves more marketable, often misrepresent the problem by focusing on young, sexy women instead of the older women who are the most likely to get breast cancer.
** Participation in awareness campaigns in general makes people less likely to give money to charity, as they feel that they've already done their part.
** Clothing donations pretty much crippled the textile industries in African nations, since they can't hope to compete with floods of free clothing donated by the West. It's also incredibly inefficient, taking up space on transports that could go to food and medicine.
** Earmarking the money you donate so that it goes to a particular cause can lead to the more high-profile causes getting more attention at the expense of others. After the 2004 tsunami, charities started building [=McMansions=] in Indonesia in order to do ''something'' with all the money that had been earmarked for housing, and Japan received so much aid after the 2011 earthquake/tsunami that they had to tell aid workers to stop coming in.
** Volunteering to do aid work overseas is usually a bad idea unless you are properly trained for what it is you're doing ''and'' you know the local language and customs. There are tons of people already there who can do the work you're doing, and you'll wind up getting in the way and consuming food and water that could go to the people you're trying to help. This is especially true in the critical few days and weeks after a major natural disaster where many thousands of people are in need of rescue (case in point, the thousands trapped beneath rubble after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake). Unless you're trained for this sort of thing specifically, you'll just waste everyone's time.
* Every parent eventually hears their child exclaim "No! I'll do it myself!" while trying to tackle a task they're really not qualified for yet, like tying their shoes. Just count to ten and remind yourself to gloat when your child has to deal with this from their own kids one day...
* On the other side of the coin, there are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicopter_parent helicopter parents]] who constantly help in their children's lives long ''after'' they shouldn't. While most people assume a child would simply love having their parent dote on them well into their 30's, a large number of kids hate it, since it starts to really cut into their own self-esteem (since their own parents act like they don't trust them.)
* Snooker phenomenon Ronnie O'Sullivan once insisted that the referee measure whether a re-spotted ball would fit on its mark (which it clearly didn't), which necessitated laboriously removing and marking several other balls. Although the ref dutifully completed the manoeuvre, she did [[DeadpanSnarker remark]], "Ronnie, I could do this a lot faster if you weren't helping me!" when he wouldn't stop commenting on her performance.
* Handicapped people get this a lot, often from well-intentioned people. The main problems are with people constantly asking if you need help, acting like one handicap causes you to have other handicaps as well, and assuming physical handicaps make you stupid.
** Of note, there is autism awareness group Autism Speaks, who have come under fire by autistics en masse for, among other things, repeatedly invoking HollywoodAutism and devoting much of their budget to researching theories that have since been discredited regarding the cause of the disorder. Allegedly, the organization doesn't even allow autistics to hold leadership positions.
* In the 2012 Abu Dhabi GP FormulaOne driver Kimi Räikkönen got a little fed up with his engineer updating him over the pit to car radio first telling him to "leave me alone, I know what I'm doing", and then when being reminded to keep his tyres up to temperature during a safety car period; "Yes, I'm doing all the tyres. You don't have to remind me every second". Räikkönen proved he didn't need the help by winning the race, but saw the funny side by [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/20267305]] distributing t-shirts with his statements on to the team
* Geraldo Rivera in 2003 tried to help viewers at home understand where he and the troops he was with were by sketching out a map in the sand, showing the objective, then showing where he was in relation to it. Arguments have been made on both sides of the matter- that the enemy was unlikely to be able to find the troops based off of this, or that his actions lead to many deaths by alerting the enemy to the army's actions. It is generally agreed to have been a dumb maneuver on Rivera's part.
* Picking up baby birds found on the ground and taking them inside "to care for them" virtually always ends in tears, as they often die of shock or poor care, and even those that survive lack the skills they'll need to function in the wild or socialize with their own species as adults. Unless there's a cat nearby (in which case, it should be returned to the nest), it's best to leave a fallen baby bird completely alone: the parents will know where their offspring is, even if you don't see them.
* Owners of pet rats know that when one rat tries to help another groom itself, it's more likely to get shoved aside with squeaky protests than to be welcomed. Unlike most mammals, grooming another rat demonstrates dominance over it rather than submission to it, so being helped to clean one's fur is apparently humiliating to the ratty ego.
* Canadian Conservatives are usually not happy when Republicans in America show overt support or invite them to speak at American conservative rallies. Any association with American conservatives is political poison in Canada, even as the Conservatives and factions of the GOP are increasingly agreeing on issues and Republicans are looking to the current Harper Government as an example of conservatism implemented in the 21st Century.
* FriendingNetwork sites will often nag you to fill out your profile as completely as possible. Usually you're not strictly required to fill out all data to have an account, but often {{Exact Progress Bar}}s and alerts will remind you that your profile is incomplete and tell you to add more details, such as your city of residence (even if you're private about where you live) and places of work (even if you have no work experience and thus are unable to do so).
* Sometimes polarizing political groups will engage in this in order to cripple those they disagree with. Case-in-point with the lead-up to the 1953 coup in Iran, where the communist Tedah party threw support towards the Prime Minister (also the target of MI6/CIA propaganda) in order to further discredit him, since he actively ''opposed'' policies they wanted to enact.
* Plenty of women are familiar with this in the form of "[[DoubleStandard mansplaining]]," especially when a man lectures them on women's issues.
* In the wake of the death of Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church (they of the "God Hates Fags" pickets), many are re-evaluating his effect on LGBT issues, saying he actually ''helped'' them by equating objections to gay rights with their way-way-WAY out there craziness. Even while he was alive, many churches, particularly Baptist ones, had to constantly distance themselves from Westboro when they opposed gay marriage.