->''"A friend in need is a friend indeed."''
-->--Old Adage

Someone who's your buddy when things are going well, but isn't when things go poorly.

Friends are good, especially when they are TrueCompanions who will stick with you through thick and thin. But not all of your "friends" are reliable people. Some of them are fickle sorts who will [[BetrayalByInaction abandon you the moment you get into trouble and actually need a friend to help.]] That's a Fair Weather Friend.

Sometimes a Fair Weather Friend will bookend a story, palling around with the protagonist at the beginning, disappearing when difficulties arise, then coming back as though nothing had happened when the trouble is over, attempting to regain their place.

Often a part of an IneffectualLoner's backstory. Inverse of PowerOfFriendship. Contrast AFriendInNeed.


[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* Haruo from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', a fair weather friend [[SmugSnake with an ever-present arrogant smirk on his face]] who enjoys getting Kenichi into trouble...
** He and Kenichi have even dubbed each other their "bad friends".
* Ange's intramural teammates from ''Anime/CrossAnge'' turn on her after she is revealed to be a Norma, all of one day after she makes a heartwarming speech about [[TrueCompanions teamwork]].
* Nanami's GirlPosse from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is revealed to be this to one another in Episode 21 after Keiko is punished by Nanami for being caught [[UmbrellaOfTogetherness sharing an umbrella]] with her brother, Touga, by banning her from all clubs and associations. When Keiko turns to Aiko and Yuuko for help, they simply look at her blankly before asking each other aloud if they had just heard something and then leave her behind. By the end of the episode though, after Keiko manages to make up with Nanami, the three are back together again on apparent good terms.

* Motoko runs afoul of this in ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima''. When she goes through a major HumiliationConga and is at her lowest, her GirlPosse decides she's not as strong as they thought she was and ditch her. Naru also turns on her because when Makoto [[spoiler:lost her duel]], she was mildly inconvenienced and took a slight blow to her ego.
* Similarly, ''Fanfic/ForHisOwnSake'' deals with everyone facing serious consequences for their actions, and friendships fraying at the seams. When some of the girls start taking more responsibility for their own problems, the more stubborn and hard-headed among them prove that they're nothing more than fair-weather friends even while accusing the others of being 'traitors'.
* [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo]] doesn't call his friends this, but the narrative implies they are after they abandon him in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/896232/chapters/1730901 Wanderlust]]'' after he loses his powers. It leads to Ichigo having to deal with the trauma of the Winter War by himself with no one to turn to.

[[AC:Films -- Animated]]
* Kaa accuses Mowgli's friends of this in the Creator/{{Disney}} version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
* Derek in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' breaks up with Susan when he thinks she'll overshadow him due to her transformation, but then tries to hook up with her again when the public opinion of her skyrockets and being her husband would give him extra fame.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Taken to the nth degree in ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', where Michael Palin's character is willing to perform ColdBloodedTorture on longtime friend Sam when circumstances turn against Sam.

* In the book ''The Man in the Ceiling,'' the ''main character'' abandons his friends who need his help when the most popular boy in school takes an interest in him. He claims that all of them, being outcasts, would have done the same thing in his place.
* ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'': Nick Drew abandons his friends when the going gets tough.
* In ''HarrietTheSpy'', the titular character's inner thoughts are shared with her classmates when her diary is taken from her. Her close friends, offended by her unflattering (yet not intentionally harmful) thoughts, join a club devoted to ruining her life. (Unlike some other examples here, they learn better by the end.)
* Alluded to in the novel ''[[Literature/DragonJousters Joust]]''. After a new Jouster screws up big time, Ari comments that the Jouster's noble friends won't be hanging around to console him.
* Peter Pettigrew in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. He's friends with James, Sirius, and Remus until Lord Voldemort shows up. It's possible he only became their friend because they were popular.
** Many students follow public opinion when it comes to Harry, being friendly when he's popular and cold when he's unpopular.
* In Jan Guillou's ''Ondskan'', the protagonist Erik Ponti is at the start of the story running several fairly successful rackets at school, one of which includes stealing records from record stores with the aid of his friends. Erik is clever enough to lay down two rules for his gang: they rotate which stores they hit next so as to minimize suspicion, and if caught they will admit to nothing so as to minimize their punishment and not get each other in trouble. Unfortunately for Erik, while he's busy with something else his friends decide to target the same store several times, resulting in them getting caught, and they immediately blame Erik for making them go through with it in order to save their own hides.
* Gimli in ''Literature/LordoftheRings'' expresses a dislike for these sorts of people during the Council of Elrond.
-->"Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens"
* In ''Literature/DebtOfHonor'', [[spoiler:China, who had earlier formed a secret alliance with Japan as part of their plot to seize the Northern Resource Area, are quick to throw Japan under the bus once Yamata's plan starts unravelling.]]
* "My Fairweather Friend" by Music/EmilieAutumn.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTDJWZ4WiI0 "Fake Friends"]] by [[Music/JoanJett Joan Jett And The Blackhearts]].
-->"You got nothing to lose, you don't lose when you lose fake friends!"
* "Fairweather Friends" by Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge, featuring piano and backing vocals by Music/EltonJohn.

[[AC:Live-Action Television]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Sometimes, when the going gets tough, Walter Denton gets going, i.e. "Trial By Jury".

[[AC:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** Referenced in [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1966/11/05 this]] strip.
--->'''Linus:''' It's fair weather today, Charlie Brown.\\
'''Charlie Brown:''' So where are all my friends?
** In [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1962/01/20 this]] one Snoopy bemoans the loss of his snowman to a bright, sunny (if cold) day. "There's one thing for sure...he was no 'fair weather friend.'"
** In the book ''I Need All the Friends I can Get'' Charlie Brown says "[[TitleDrop I need all the friends I can get.]] I'd even settle for a fair-weather friend."

[[AC:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the trope is called by name and defied. Following the legionnaire Hadvar out of the bedlam of the Helgen attack all the way to Riverwood leads to meeting his Uncle Alvor, the village smith, and his family. Like his nephew, Alvor is pro-Empire and says that [[NoTrueScotsman true Nords]] aren't just fair-weather friends to the beleaguered Empire.

[[AC:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Hisao has this opinion of his old friends and would-be girlfriend Iwanako. After he suffers his heart attack in the opening scene and is diagnosed with arrhythmia, his class initially visits him, but after a while, only his friends come, then only Iwanako, and finally, even she stops visiting him. However, in Shizune's route, he realizes that his gloomy demeanor pushed his friends away, and concludes that he is at least partially at fault.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' "Good" Angel Vashiel advises his [[OurAngelsAreDifferent semi-fallen brothe]]r to turn in one of his (Vashiel's) friends on suspicion of murder to win brownie points in heaven even though he (Vashiel) doesn't really think he is guilty. Fortunately his brother has ''some'' morals and points out that this makes Vashiel the ultimate in fair weather friends (and kinda a dick as well).
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-45.html Red chuckles at the notion that Perrault is November's friend, when he turned tail at the sight of Red.]]

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'': Penelope is Bessie's closest human friend, but will abandon her whenever that seems advantageous. Good thing Bessie's very tolerant.
** She's also [[DumbMuscle stupid]] enough to go along with [[AlphaBitch Portia]] and [[TheDragon Gwen's]] schemes against Bessie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' RearWindowHomage Bart asks Milhouse to sign his leg cast but he just writes Mil..Pool and leaves for the swimming pool.
** If fact, through the series, Milhouse has been shown to been occasionally fickle towards Bart, as he often abandons him, sells him out to avoid trouble, or attacks whenever a dispute breaks out him.
** And this cuts both ways; when not friends with Milhouse, Bart is usually ignoring or outright bullying him. He once somehow [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext got him set up as America's Most Wanted and turned him into a fugitive]], seemingly all just [[ItAmusedMe for a cruel prank]].
** Bart of course isn't the only one with fickle friends: There is also Lisa's occasional one-off friend, Janey Powell, who is noted as "Lisa's fair-weather friend", and often laughs at her dilemmas.
*** Allison Taylor, who was Lisa's one-time friend, has also been [[DemotedToExtra reduced to this]]. Although she has no lines, she visibly does what Janey and other background children do.
** In fact, the town of Springfield (consisting of all the major secondary and recurring characters) are like this to the Simpsons five, from Marge's gossiping acquaintances to Homer's beer buddies.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', Dijonay was frequently this towards Penny, though she did [[WhatTheHellHero get called out on it]] at least once in the series' run.
** For that matter, the rest of Penny's friends constantly ditch her when the going gets tough as well, just not as much as Dijonay.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'', celebrity guest, Jerry Reed, [[WhatTheHellHero accuses Shaggy and Scooby]] of this when they refuse to help him retrieve his guitar. Daphne and Velma join in as well.