->'''Angelus:''' That's everything. No weapons, no friends, no hope. Take all that away, and what's left?\\
'''Buffy:''' ''(blocks blade with bare hands)'' '''''Me.'''''
--> -- ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "[[BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2 Becoming, Part 2]]"

As a [[StockAesops Stock Aesop]], believing in ThePowerOfFriendship over [[LonersAreFreaks isolationist self-reliance]] is pretty standard and true. There's a lot a group can accomplish that the individual(s) [[IneffectualLoner acting on their own can't.]] In fiction, Friendship even brings tangible benefits like TheTeam developing an AttackPatternAlpha which uses AllYourColorsCombined. Some shows go the extra length to [[{{Anvilicious}} crush the message into a viewer]] by having a SixthRanger fail miserably and join the team. Once the SeasonFinale rolls around however, TheHero can't depend on his [[OvershadowedByAwesome weaker friends]] [[CantCatchUp to keep up]], and will have to fight the BigBad FinalBoss [[DuelBoss on their own]].

Many shows will switch gears abruptly to have the hero fight the last battle on their own. Be it due to a ClimacticBattleResurrection waylaying all their allies, [[DwindlingParty killing them all]], or because the enemy is so strong anyone trying to help the hero would become a [[TakingTheBullet meat shield]] at best and a dangerous distraction at worst. This limits the rest of the cast to cheering from the bleachers (maybe [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slapping some sense into a hero]] woozy from a BreakingSpeech) or acting as fuel a CombinedEnergyAttack or SuperMode.

Some stories work this into a narrative organically. The BigBad may cleverly isolate the hero from his friends via [[ClearMyName framing him]] or capturing them (and [[ForcedToWatch force them to watch]] him kill their {{leader}}). Sometimes the villain is not involved and ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself. In these cases the value of friends isn't in their tangible help fighting but by placing their trust in the hero's success and motivating them to do their best. [[ThePowerOfTrust Trust is a powerful force]] like that.

Compare DuelBoss (who is not necessarily the FinalBoss, as per this trope). Contrast ICantDoThisByMyself. See also WhatYouAreInTheDark. If just one person manages to remain with the Hero, see LoserHasYourBack. Not to be confused with DyingAlone. SubTrope of SoloSequence.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' basically slowly killed the cast (again) throughout the approach to each BigBad (Frieza, Cell and Buu). By the time Goku fought Frieza and (almost) killed him, they were the only two people on Namek, the rest being dead or on Earth. A larger cast lived until Gohan beat Cell, but they were just on the sidelines by then. For Buu, literally everyone that wasn't a Kai, Goku, Fat Buu or Mr. Satan (or the puppy) was dead. Including one of the combatants (Vegeta). ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' didn't kill the cast as much, but the Big Bads were so powerful by then that nobody that wasn't Goku or [=SS4=] Gogeta was pretty much helpless (besides for Trunks during the Black Star Dragon Balls part and Pan every once in a while).
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''; the first season finale. One by one, everyone ''dies,'' leaving the main character the only one left to have the final battle, which she resolves by using a MacGuffin whose powers are CastFromHitPoints, dying herself. However, she manages to use said MacGuffin to revive herself and her friends. However, it happens ''again'' in Stars ([[BookEnds the final season]]) where, one by one, everyone dies and in the end, it's just Sailor Moon... Until she revives everyone again.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''. By the end of the series only the lead and lancer could fight the BigBad since their ultimate {{Super Mode}}s required all the other members of the band to give them their spirits (ability to transform). Though this may have later become a subversion considering that the actual final battle was Big Bad v. [[spoiler: all five of the (surviving) heroes combined into a single god-like digital entity.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' sometimes used this trope, sometimes not. Frequently Seiya would be the last Saint standing against the season's BigBad, and (if any of the others were conscious/alive) they'd boost his Cosmo with theirs. A few times though they would gang up on enemies, but by and large one-on-one battles were the norm.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'', however, the team often gets their day in the limelight, but they get hurt so often it's a wonder that Yugi lets them come along at all. Given that Duel Monsters is for the vast majority of the time a one on one card game, this is true pretty much every episode.
* Somewhat justified in ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren''... while Za Children generally work as a team, Kaoru is always their heavy hitter, possessing the most in-your-face offensive power - Telekinesis. When fighting Mooks or generally low-level foes, the other two will join in with creative use of their 'utility' powers ({{Teleportation}} and {{Psychometry}}, respectively). But when the big hitters show up and it's time for a boss-fight, they know that it's better to stand back and let Kaoru do what she does best - sometimes providing intel or a quick escape to aid. In the later season, it's taken to its natural conclusion, with a special device that basically saps Aoi and Shiho of their PsychicPowers to pool it all in Kaoru, giving her access to her badass, PowerGivesYouWings [[RedBaron Queen Of Catastrophe]] form, which makes her basically unstoppable, and able to do several things that are otherwise considered theoretically impossible...
* At the end of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime, [[spoiler:everyone except Maka gets knocked out by the Kishin. She doesn't even have her weapon, Soul.]]
** An ending which departs from what the manga and most of the anime emphasised as necessary, as well as strength, for victory - teamwork and mutual understanding.
*** Their combined efforts did significantly weakened Kishin however. Death the Kid pretty much annihilated his body. Too bad he regenerated a new one.
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', the FFVII crew decide to let Cloud battle Kadaj on his own.
** Not that any of them had much choice, with Cloud chasing Kadaj across half the continent trying to stop him from using the Jenova cells no one else really had any hope of keeping up. And of course by the time any one else might have been able to finally track them down, Kadaj had ''already'' used the Jenova cells and taken on the Memory of Sephiroth. Anyone in their right mind takes one look at that brawl and promptly says '''fuuuuuck''' that.
*** Not entirely so, they were able to catch up to Cloud using their air ship, and Yuffie even brought Materia along to power Cloud and themselves up. It's just that the one on one fight mirrors the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' as a personal struggle so they didn't want to interfere. It was also mentioned while the others had given up fighting and thus their drive during the two years of peace, Cloud still held onto that mind state to give it everything he's got.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier: The Wings of Goodbye'' leaves Alto to square off alone against Brera's FAST equipped VF-27, a squadron of V-9 Ghosts, and [[spoiler:Vajra-infested Battle Frontier]] while everyone else just watches (or sings).
* Massively subverted in the finale of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' - [[spoiler: though [[BigBad Naraku]] does his best to split up the group and kill each one individually, they all manage to reunite and take him down.]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the battle against [[spoiler:Father]] starts off as a major affair, with everyone getting in their shots. But after [[spoiler:Father disables many of the fighters and Al sacrifices himself, it comes down to Ed pounding on a PhysicalGod with his bare fists while everyone else cheers him on]]. Notably, however, this isn't because the rest of the cast is unable to help, considering there are still numerous armed soldiers and physically capable fighters around. It's just that ''Ed [[UnstoppableRage doesn't]] [[CurbStompBattle need]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown the help]].''
** It should also be noted that [[spoiler: all the damage the rest of the cast did to Father HAD been effective, even though it looked like it wasn't due to his enormous supply of power. Ed just finished the job.]]
* The end of the ''Manga/SorcererHunters'' anime had Carrot fight the BigBad all on his own. [[spoiler:He manages to revive his friends to win.]]
* Anime/{{Slayers}} NEXT ends with Lina's friends knocked out one by one, after each plan fails. Plus, she has to use her [[FinishingMove Giga Slave]] to defeat the baddie.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has this for its third part. At the end, Jotaro is the only one left to face Dio, as everyone else was either killed or incapacitated.
** It also happens again in Part Six, but in a twist [[spoiler:it's not the protagonist who faces the BigBad, but rather one of her sidekicks]].
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler:Three timelines worth of discovering the AwfulTruth and playing TheCassandra - always ending in the death of all of her friends -]] leads Homura to utter the line "I won't depend on ''anyone'' anymore" during her AdrenalineMakeover, invoking this trope and [[TheUnfettered signalling a drastic change in her personality]]. True to form, [[spoiler:she spends the very next episode fighting the BigBad alone... and ''losing'', [[SubvertedTrope leading to Madoka contracting once again]]]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'' series, at one point Tim is caught in a pattern based off old fairytales and is reminded that common element of many folk stories and fairytales is that while the hero gains companions and tools that help him reach the BigBad, in the end it comes down to just his own courage, after companions and tools are stripped away - WhatYouAreInTheDark is what must win the day.
* Discussed and deconstructed in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': When a young boy called [[MeaningfulName Bernie]] asks an old man [[OneSteveLimit also called Bernie]] for help, he denies it claiming that young Bernie needs to learn that "in a final analysis, we are all alone". Then Old Bernie sees a paper and it’s eager to help young Bernie. [[TheEighties The paper said that the Russians have invaded Afghanistan and that means]] WorldWarIII. After young Bernie leaves, Old Bernie [[IronicEcho monologues that]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship "we are here to help each other…]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in a final analysis"]].

* Unsurprisingly, MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfiction plays with this trope fairly frequently, given that the show's central theme is the PowerOfFriendship.
** In the FanFic/TriptychContinuum, the story [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/367177/tricks-of-the-trade-show Tricks of the Trade Show]] has Rarity try to do her first trade show on her own, rather than depend on others for help. She spends most of the trip into Canterlot being annoyed by her father, a [[HoldYourHippogriffs hoofball]] player (and, one year later, coach) who keeps giving her seemingly contradictory advice:
--> He would tell her that she had to rely on her friends, her team, and that nopony got through without the entire group backing them. Then he would say that ultimately, you were out there on your own.
** In the end, Rarity comes to understand his advice: that your friends will plan on doing whatever they can to help you -- but plans are what fall apart. She has to know she can count on the ponies she cares about, and she also has to be ready for the moment when she's isolated and has to get through by herself.[[/folder]]

* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', as tensions rose, Captain America called out Tony Stark as talking a big game, but being nothing without his Iron Man armor, and not being a team player besides.
* Villainous example. In the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie, Kingpin sends his guards home so he can face Daredevil alone.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}'', Delgo's dying father tells him "You're on your own, kid."
* At the climax of ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', where despite having all her friends with her, Sarah chooses to face Jareth alone, "because that is the way it is done."
* At the climax of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' Luke deliberately goes without the aid of his [[TrueCompanions comrades]] to confront Darth Vader and the Emperor. Though as the Emperor disdainfully pointed out, Luke had faith that his friends would succeed.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', Mal must fight the Operative alone because the crew is buying him time by holding the line against the Reavers. And at the end of ''that'' fight, River has to fight against the Reavers by herself.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings''. At first, Kubo is alone after [[spoiler: the deaths of Monkey and Beetle]] to find the last piece of armor that he needs. But in the climax, [[spoiler: he summons ghosts from his village to stand beside him and the living villagers do so as well.]]

* In the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' works, whatever assistance Kelson and Liam get from their friends, at some point, they each find they must cope with some things by themselves:
** In one step of his empowerment ritual, Kelson has to pierce his own hand with the clasp of a large Haldane brooch. As they're preparing for this, Morgan and Duncan have this exchange:
--> '''Morgan:''' What about me? Is there anything I'm supposed to do besides watch?
--> '''Duncan (''shakes his head''):''' No. And whatever happens, you mustn't touch him or attempt to aid him in any way until the reaction has run its course. We're dealing with fantastic amounts of power here, and if you interfere, it could kill him.
** On his coronation day, Kelson tries to have [[TheChampion his champion defend his right to rule]], but Morgan is wounded and Charissa reissues her challenge. Kelson's mother Jehana tries to intervene, but [[spoiler: Charissa easily defeats the untrained queen]]. Kelson must ultimately defeat Charissa in arcane combat by himself.
** To satisfy the Servants of Saint Camber, [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself Kelson must undergo their ritual trial alone (and naked)]] in an underground chamber that prevents Dhugal from maintaining mental contact with him.
** While Kelson and Mátyás can help stave off Mahael's attack against Liam in the ''killijálay'', [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself Liam has to perform the central ritual (taking control of the power from Furstán's tomb) by himself]]. Only after that can he join the others to defeat Mahael and his allies. Oh, and no one outside the Wards can help Kelson and Mátyás in their task, either.
* Literature/HarryPotter generally ends up in one-on-one fights with Voldemort. In the first book it's because only one person could make it through to the Philosopher's Stone, but in TheMovie Hermione purposely leaves him because ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself. In later books, events continue to conspire to cut him off from any allies who set out with him. In fact, Ron and Hermione don't even see Voldemort in person until the last book. (In the [[Film/HarryPotter fifth film]], they at least get a glimpse of him, but that part wasn't in the book.)
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Book one]], Ron is incapacitated by a chess piece and Harry sends Hermione to summon Dumbledore, reasoning that the two of them don't stand a chance of winning--the only hope is to hold them off long enough for reinforcements.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets book two]], Hermione is petrified, while Ron is unarmed (his wand is broken) and on the wrong side of a massive cave in.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire book four]], he's whisked out of a maze and his only backup is killed instantly.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book five]], Hermione is critically wounded and Ron is loopy (and Harry rushed off in a revenge-maddened attack). Though that one ends up being {{Subverted}}: Dumbledore shows up [[BigDamnHeroes in the nick of time]] and [[CurbStompBattle trounces]] Voldy.
** Despite his track record for getting out of these scrapes using pure nerve and instinct (and a dose of luck), Voldemort continues to see Harry as a coward who hides behind stronger guardians. This arrogance results in his getting curb-stomped in their final meeting in the last book.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry, especially in the beginning of the series. As Dresden gains friends and allies, and [[CharacterDevelopment learns to]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship trust them]] [[LonersAreFreaks more]], more and more often he has someone fighting alongside him at the climax.
* In ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' quite often, very much the final battle with Adornis Hades.
* ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' features Nathanael and Bartimaeus. Considering they end up [[spoiler: in one body and Nathanael dismisses his daemon in the last possible moment]] this is also a DyingMomentOfAwesome.
* This is practically [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Tiffany Aching's]] motto, but she ''chooses'' to be fiercely self-reliant. As she puts it, "A witch deals with things."
* Averted in ''Literature/AWolfInTheSoul''. Though the story seems to be moving in this direction as Greg is forced to leave his friends first at Columbia and then in Israel, the climax of the book has him [[spoiler:defeating the wolf with the help of Joey and Holmes, the latter behind the scenes]].
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus: The Mark of Athena'' ends with Annabeth fighting [[spoiler:Arachne, along with other puzzles]] on her own.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Yuusuke/Red Falcon from ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' is the only human left unaffected by [[BigBad Bias']] MassHypnosis, leaving him to defeat Bias alone, in a sense. Though someone comes to give him last minute help: [[spoiler: Kemp, reduced to a Brain in A Jar, who strips Bias of his youth.]]
* Came up several times on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Season One: The Scoobies end up retreating to the Library while fighting the [[ZergRush horde of vampires]] converging on the high school, or rather [[spoiler: The Hellmouth, which happens to be located directly beneath the library.]] Buffy fights the Master on the roof.
** Season Two: The Scoobies are attacked at the library, leaving [[spoiler: Kendra dead, Willow in a coma, and Giles captured.]] After mounting a rescue mission, Xander takes [[spoiler: Giles]] to safety while Buffy is left to fight Angelus alone.
** Season Six: In the end, it's [[spoiler: Xander]] who saves the day, [[spoiler: talking [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Willow]] down from destroying the world after Buffy fails to stop her.]]
** The First Slayer is a firm believer in this, to the point where, in Season 4 when Buffy does a FusionDance with the Scoobies to beat Adam, she's so offended that she returns from the afterlife to try and kill them all.
* Seems to be a reoccurring theme with ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', where many of the characters seem to believe this. However it also seems to show these characters time and time again that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming there is always someone to help]]. A variant of the phrase, 'Everyone Dies Alone', also serves as the [[ArcWords Arc Words]] for the [[GrandFinale series finale]].
* The endgame of ''LiveActionTV/DoctorWho'' Series 9 is all about this for the Doctor after he is captured by his enemies and separated from his companion Clara in "Face the Raven". The revival has long established that the Doctor risks becoming a case of BewareTheSuperman if he doesn't have travelling companions; Clara admits that he isn't good at being alone, but orders him not to give up his principles before [[spoiler: she is Killed Off For Real]]. Unfortunately, he spends the entirety of "Heaven Sent" being tormented by unseen enemies, with no one in his giant torture chamber but a deadly monster. This fans the flames of anguish and rage, he fights his way out of the chamber, and in the finale "Hell Bent" he becomes TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds -- obsessed with a TragicDream of [[spoiler: bringing Clara back from the grave]] and almost destroying the universe in the process of trying to achieve it. When [[spoiler: a now-Only Mostly Dead Clara]] causes him to have a HeelRealization, he ends up losing [[spoiler: not only her but his most important emotional memories of her]], but accepts these losses as a way of atoning for his selfishness. He thus ends Series 9 alone, a sadder and wiser man for his experiences.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''Tournament of the Dragon'' Adventure for the 3rd edition of the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' RPG involved a martial arts TournamentArc that culminated in a solo battle against an entity known as the Dark Dragon. The mystic nature of the Dark Dragon made him grow stronger with every foe attacking him at once, making him a horror to battle with an army, but when faced by a single opponent, he was at his lowest power levels, thus justifying the creation of an tournament to find a worthy warrior to battle him one-on-one.

* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', since Giovanni told Jessie and James to only capture Ash, none of his friends and family follow him to the final battle.
* [[spoiler:Jean Valjean]] attempts to invoke this in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', only to be joined by Fantine [[spoiler:and Eponine's]] ghosts, as well as Marius and Cosette, ultimately averting it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The trope namer is ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', whose final chapters see April lose or seemingly lose all of her old friends, her mentor, and her few chance allies by the time she faces the Trials to become the next GuardianOfTheMultiverse. She manages to seemingly subvert it by using old magic to smuggle in her most stalwart ally, Crow, into the Guardian's Realm, but this is double-subverted when Crow is lost, too, almost immediately afterwards. And then, after she completes the Trials, she learns that she has never even been the real Guardian candidate in the first place, so even that duty is taken away from her, [[ShaggyDogStory leaving her completely and utterly alone in the end]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'' sees its player-character Guardians each as a OneManArmy, so this trope is to be expected. It's required in the campaign, but even in Strikes and Raids, a sufficiently leveled and geared Guardian can overcome the near-impossible odds against raid bosses Atheon, Crota, or Oryx, which are designed to require the teamwork of a full squad.
* Both ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' allow you to have your party fighting alongside yourself for most of the game, then render them unable to join your for the final boss. The second game is particularly cruel, since it abruptly drops you on Malachor V. Your character wakes up and has to spend the entire level on their own, even though it is made perfectly clear that the rest of your crew survived and got out. At least in the first game you could have two party members with you for most of the Star Forge until your fight with [[spoiler: Bastilla]]. This might be due to early plans for the game, in which a few scenes on Malachor V focused on the other characters, depending on the choices made by the player over the course of the game, such as a fight between Atton and Darth Sion which could end either with him surviving and reuniting with the Exile, or losing and dying in her arms, or if the player was a dark side female and fell in love with the Disciple [[spoiler: Atton was supposed to kill him]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', if you're playing with both Sonic and Tails, Tails will be unplayable during the last two levels.
** Similarly, In ''VideoGame/{{Sonic 3|AndKnuckles}}'', Tails will disappear after the first of the [[SequentialBoss three final bosses]] is defeated, leaving Sonic to fight the last two on his own. Tails actually falls into water when you take Eggman's vehicle and DIES. He doesn't come back after this, so if you didn't know there was a sequel, it would seem like he was KilledOffForReal. Sorry, Tails, the hovercar only seats one!
*** And finally, in ''Sonic 3 & Knuckles'', Tails won't be able to accompany Sonic into the Doomsday Zone, the [[TrueFinalBoss final level]].
** This trend takes up in the later games as well. In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' Super Sonic has to take on Perfect Chaos on his own.
** In Emerl's story in ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'', Sonic is the only character to fight against a very powerful and crazy Emerl.
** In ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' Shadow is forced to fight Devil Doom on his own, due the poison gas the latter released into the atmosphere paralyzing everyone else, Shadow being immune because he was created from the villain's blood.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': Before you can confront [=GLaDOS=], poor Wheatley gets whisked in the wrong direction by the Pneumatic Diversity vents, but before the actual fight begins, [=GLaDOS=] tries to kill you with deadly neurotoxin [[spoiler:which she has actually run out of thanks to you,]] and the only thing that comes out of the tubes is your Wheatley.
* In the arcade ''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame TMNT]]'', teamwork doesn't work on most of the bosses. You're actually better off taking one player, running a pattern on the boss (usually hit, walk back, up, or down), and keeping everyone else back. Done correctly you can beat most bosses without losing even one bar of energy. If more than one player attacks a boss, the boss will just spam attacks that knock everyone out.
* The final area of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' has each of your companions having to leave one by one to allow you to continue, leaving you alone when you fight the boss. [[spoiler: You get them back for the real boss, though]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' Neku attempts to invoke this by leaving Shiki and Beat behind unconcious and confronting the final boss but it becomes {{subverted}} when they catch up with him and tell him off for running off on his own just before the fight starts.
** Double subverted: [[spoiler: The final form can only be fought with Neku.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' handles this is a different way for the [[FinalBoss end]] DuelBoss battle, in that the Masked Man uses a lightning attack that will always knock out anyone on your team still standing besides Lucas, who's carrying a DeflectorShield.
* So long as you are nice to your companions in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: NeverwinterNights2/MaskOfTheBetrayer'', they stick with you until the bitter end. Except that during the final BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind you are forced to face the Betrayer alone, or with your LoveInterest if you have one on your team.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' lets you have a teammate with you during most of the game, but forces you to take on [[PhysicalGod Sun Hai]] and [[spoiler:[[ManBehindTheMan Sun Li]]]] on your own.
* ''Age of Pirates 2: The City of Abandoned Ships'' plays this one extremely jarringly. The game allows the player to have up to three hired blades follow them around, but in scripted quest-related fights they are often inexplicably absent, leaving the player to face often overwhelming odds on their own, even though that's precisely why he or she hired the thugs in the first place.
* In the end of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' when you get to the Emperor's Fou-Lu Throne room he simply knock off every party member leaving only Ryu to face him in a DuelBoss. [[spoiler:They ultimately recover, eventually, for the real FinalBoss, [[TheDragon the literal dragon Tyrant]] and, obviously, Fou-Lu himself as Astral.]]
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' for the final boss. [[spoiler: You show up, he kills your entire team while giving them a short epitaph, and then fight him solo]] until you use the PowerOfFriendship to return your friends to you.
* In ''VideoGame/StarFox'', Fox has to fight Andross alone during the final battle. In the secret Out of This Dimension path, Fox pretty much shoots down paper aiplanes, destroys a Slot Machine, and corrects THE END for all eternity alone, then do it over again.
** However, in ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' Fox ''chooses'' to fight Andross alone, there was no real need for him to do so.
* The final battle of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is the main character against [[spoiler:Nyx]]. Nobody can come with him. In a moderate subversion, however, his weapon against the final opponent is the hopes of everyone he met on the way to the confrontation.
** It gets repeated in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' right down to the letter [[spoiler: excepting that there isn't a HeroicSacrifice. Hey! TropesAreNotBad!]]
* In the Turai Ossa mission of the ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' Bonus Mission Pack, you leave your followers to fight Palawa Joko one-on-one.
* Averted big time in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' where TheHero gives each party member a chance to leave the party while they can before the "final" confrontation with the BigBad. Not even the biggest [[ManipulativeBastard bastard]] [[SociopathicHero from]] [[TheVamp hell]] leaves his (or her) side. [[spoiler:To such extent that they even follow you to [[ToHellAndBack Hell]] for the [[FinalBossNewDimension actual final battle]] ''after'' [[DisneyDeath you]] [[DeathIsCheap die]].]]
* Invoked in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''. [[spoiler: Ezio decides to go after Cesare alone, saying that he built the Brotherhood to last without him. Accordingly, you cannot call on the Recruits' assistance in Sequence Nine.]]
* The FinalBattle of ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' is fought without a {{wingman}} or any allied aircraft support (except AWACS) at all, because [[spoiler:your wingman dies TakingTheBullet for you, while other allied planes simply cannot make it to the battle airspace]]. Ditto the fight against the TrueFinalBoss in the BonusLevel.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' kinda has this with the ''Arrival'', its final {{DLC}} mission, which has to be completed by Shepard alone (except a few EscortMission-esque levels with a GuestStarPartyMember). Though, of course, true to its WideOpenSandBox gameplay, you can complete the assignment at any time, even before the SuicideMission (which kinda misses its entire point). The ''Overlord'' DLC plays this perfectly straight by unexpectedly trapping both your squadmates just before the FinalBoss, so Shepard has to take on him/it alone.
** Likewise, ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' plays this perfectly straight for the first time in the series proper.
* {{Subverted}} in the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' game. Ansem starts the first part of [[OneWingedAngel his final boss fight]] by separating Sora from Donald and Goofy. However, as Ansem takes damage, portals start opening up to where Donald and Goofy are being held, giving Sora the opportunity to break them out and have them rejoin the fight. Sora pretty much runs on ThePowerOfFriendship, after all, and the [[CoolKey Keyblade]] [[MundaneUtility isn't just meant for fighting]].
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' slowly built up to this after the second helicopter crash. [[spoiler: Lugo was killed by the civilians, and Adams went on a suicidal LastStand against the 33rd. Leaving Walker to face Konrad alone.]]
* Very much averted in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''. When the BigBad emerges and you lose control of your Minions, it's only moments before you start regaining them and lead your horde to victory.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', [[spoiler: you have to face Diablo on your own because the angels have been depowered and are unable to fight (sans Tyrael, who stays behind to keep the other demons from aiding their master), and your companion gets trapped in a bone cage on your way to Diablo.]]
* After fighting the final boss in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' for several stages, Cloud engages in a final one-on-one clash of wills with Sephiroth. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He destroys him with a single strike.]]
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' zigzags this trope. The final dungeon splits up the party, forcing The Nameless One to go through it alone. [[spoiler:Throughout the dungeon, each party member is seen being killed off (except Ignus or Vhailor, who the hero kills himself, and Morte, who plays dead when he realizes that he has no chance of even inconveniencing the BigBad on his own). At the end, if you wish to fight the FinalBoss, you have the option to revive the party members to fight by your side.]]
* ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' has the demon Siegfried removing all of Maya Schrodinger's magic powered personas (that she gains by reading books) by forcing her to read a book called "The True Self". Her "true self" is a {{nerd}} girl happens to know how his technology works and shuts it down.
* The Super Nintendo game ''Arcana'' has this Zig-zagged. In the end, Rooks is all on his own against the final boss. Zig-zagged in that he always has a spirit with him.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' follows this, with not even the hero's partner (Who's been with them for almost the entire game) able to help. [[spoiler: Because the BigBad is an EldritchAbomination born from the negative emotions of Pokemonkind, no Pokemon can come close to it without suffocating. Being a human in Pokemon form, the hero is a loophole.]]
* It is [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]] in ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit''. The hero Jerry Hazelnut states this trope verbatim right before entering the portal to BigBad's place, but some of his friends appears to lend him a hand. After entering the portal they disappear, but they are found some time later. Then they help the Jerry to rescue the people imprisoned by the BigBad, however Jerry has to fight him alone.
* ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' ends with Maxim on his own, though there's only a short sequence with no actual battles left. [[VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals The remake]] [[AvertedTrope averts this]].
* This happens on the Neutral Route of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''. [[{{Mon}} Demons]] notwithstanding, Flynn is forced to face the FinalBoss [[spoiler:Lucifer]] on his own; of the rest of his fellow Samurai, Jonathan [[spoiler:fused with the Archangels to form Merkabah, who you just finished killing]], Walter [[spoiler:sacrificed himself to restore the guy you're about to kill to his full power]], and Isabeau [[spoiler:has to evacuate the residents of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado to Tokyo before you destroy the barrier separating Tokyo from the surface]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', Isshun cannot enter the [[spoiler:Ark of Yamato]], leaving Amaterasu to fight [[spoiler:Yami]] alone. [[spoiler: Subverted when Waka shows up during the final battle.]] [[spoiler:Double subverted since Yami immediately kills him]].
* The final missions of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' become this, [[spoiler:especially in the GoldenEnding]]. For most of the game, David Mason has a reliable squad of [=SEALs=] under his command and is commanded by [[AFatherToHisMen Admiral Briggs]] from the ''[[CoolBoat USS Obama]]''. [[spoiler:Then [[WhamEpisode Odysseus]] happens. The ''Obama'' is suddenly stormed by Menendez's mercs and severely damaged, if not outright destroyed. Farid, if he survived "Achilles' Veil", is killed, Crosby is W.I.A., Salazar turns out to be Menendez's [[TheMole mole]], and Briggs is critically wounded, if not outright killed. By the final mission, the only one of your supporting team that you can possibly still have with you is Harper - and even then, that's only if Farid didn't kill him to keep his cover in an earlier mission, which is a requirement for the best ending.]]
* Happens twice in ''VideoGame/LiveALive''.
** At the end of the Kung-Fu chapter, [[spoiler:two of the Master's students are dead and the Master himself is mortally wounded]], leaving the player to finish off Odi Wang Lee in a duel.
** It's far, ''far'' worse in the Medieval chapter. By the time Oersted drags his sorry ass to the final boss, [[spoiler:Hash is dead from a plague, Uranus has sacrificed himself to help Oersted escape from prison, Straybow is a traitor and the aforementioned final boss, the king of Lucretia is dead by Oersted's own unwitting hand, Alicia has completely lost faith in him and is in love with Straybow, and the villagers he fought so hard to protect have all cast him out and labelled him a demon]].
* After playing through all of ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' with Elizabeth at your side, Episode 2 of ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' has [[spoiler:Elizabeth navigating through Rapture on her own after killing the final Comstock and losing her powers and connection to the Luteces. All she has to keep her company are the hallucinations of Booker that come over the radio as she fights to set the events of ''VideoGame/BioShock'' in motion.]]

* Klaus Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' was just the trusty lackey to the Heterodyne Boys when he was younger. When he came back from his offworld expedition, [[CrapsackWorld everything had gone completely to hell]] and the Boys were nowhere to be found. Klaus put the world back together alone. [[TheExtremistWasRight It worked.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter002/ib012.html Dara can get the gate open, but Roan has to get out on his own power.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang must eventually face the Firelord alone, while the rest of the Gaang works on addressing the rest of the Fire Nation assault on the Earth Kingdom.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' plays with this idea frequently.
** In ''Crystal Empire Part Two'', Twilight believed she had to recover the Crystal Heart alone to defeat King Sombra as part of a test from Princess Celestia. In the end, Twilight realizes that this is stupid, says ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight, and when she isn't sure she'll be able to save the day in time, has Spike grab the Crystal Heart and bring it to Princess Cadance. Which, naturally, was the point all along; Twilight ''isn't'' alone, and it was all ultimately implied to be either a SecretTestOfCharacter, or simply that Princess Celestia agreed with Twilight's reasoning that it was the right thing to do.
** In ''Equestria Girls'', Twilight could not bring her friends to the human world without disturbing its natural balance... so instead she gains help from her friends' human counterparts.
** In ''Twilight's Kingdom Part Two'', she had to hide the other three princesses' alicorn magic from not only Tirek, but also her friends as well, right up until she solo'd the giant centaur to avenge the destruction of her library. However, in the end, she trades her alicorn magic to save her friends, even Discord, and received her final key that allowed her and her friends to unlock the Rainbow Power. Then, they use the Rainbow Power to defeat Tirek, restore everypony's magic, and even build themselves a new castle to replace Twilight's library.