->''"I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way."''
-->-- '''Frodo''', ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''

TheHero needs help and is urging a dangerous plan on a reluctant group of people. [[LineInTheSand Who's the first to say he'll join in?]] Why, the youngest (or most seriously aged), the least experienced, the most unskilled, the weakest member of the group. Often results in many, if not all, of the other characters being shamed into joining.

If the character's [[WideEyedIdealist inexperience and youth]] are such that he doesn't know what [[JumpedAtTheCall he's getting into]], SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids may come into play. It may still shame them.

On the other hand, the character can know. This is even more shaming.

This character may find the actual conflict very hard but [[LoserHasYourBack will stick with]] The Hero until the bitter end. Sometimes, though, they may pull a LeeroyJenkins, or become TheLoad or TheMillstone despite their best efforts.

Contrast SourSupporter, WhoWillBellTheCat,. Compare LoserHasYourBack.



[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* In FanFic/AGrowingAffection, when Hinata draws her LineInTheSand, [[CanonImmigrant Sasame Fuma]] is the first to volunteer, even admitted she is the newcomer and the least invested.
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', after George and John fight off a huge swarm of [[GoddamnedBats robotic bats]] that chase them out of the cliff dwelling, they refuse to accompany Paul down there to keep an eye on him while he fights the rest of the robots. So Ringo offers to go with him, despite having no defenses whatsoever, because I know how important it is that we support each other, even if it's dangerous and even if we got a bit of a scare ''that didn't really hurt us''. Which shames the others into cooperating. (I hate you, John muttered.)


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* At the end of Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Esmerelda leads Quasimodo out of the church before the waiting citizenry. After a hushed pause, the first to embrace/accept Quasi is a small child.
* Ducky in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' is the first to snap Littlefoot [[HeroicBSOD out of his funk]].


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* The movie ''Film/{{Hook}}'' has a particularly saccharine (though aren't they all?) example: the lost boys have a new leader and are unwilling to recognize the adult Peter Pan as their erstwhile friend until the littlest hesitantly walks over, touching his face and looking into his eyes, until the kid sees Peter in him, and then everybody rushes over to see for themselves.
* In TheMovie of ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' the first one to charge at the armies of Sauron at the gates of Mordor is [[SupportingLeader Aragorn]], actually, but Merry and Pippin are the first to follow him.
* Early in ''Film/{{Willow}}'', the first and one of the ''only'' Nelwyns to volunteer to accompany the titular Willow on his quest is Meegosh. Vohnkar, the ''best'' warrior in the village, wasn't far behind though.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', Charles Cheswick is the only man who is initially enthusiastic for [=McMurphy's=] scheme to change the ward schedule.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/NightWatch'', when Vimes asks for volunteers to stay, his past self is among the first. Vimes finds it too eager, even.
** In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', while the wizards dither, Twoflower takes the sword he can't really wield and goes to save the world.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', when Uriel appeals to a group of {{Space Marine}}s and two Imperial Guardsmen to help him, it is the Guardsmen who volunteer first. [[spoiler:And when one dies, and the Marines decide to leave, the surviving Guardsman assures them that he will go with them.]]
* Frodo at the Council, in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
** The book does this trope ''twice''. First Bilbo (who's aged and in no condition to undertake such a journey - thus weaker than Frodo) offers to take the ring - since he figures he started the whole thing. Gandalf praises him but remarks he's being silly - Sauron is the one that started all this, no one can hold Bilbo accountable. As they can't reach a decision (and inspired by Bilbo), Frodo offers to take it, which prompts the rest of the Fellowship to form when Sam says he will not be going alone.
*** Although this may be a bit of an inversion. While Frodo is the least experienced in terms of combat and travel, what the council is worried about is the Ring's ''corruption''. Hobbits seem especially resistant to it, Frodo in particular. So he was the natural choice for this quest. The rest were just accompanying him to deal with general mayhem along the way.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', when Lucy insists on following Aslan when only she can see him, Edmund is the first to say he will go with her.
** But he'd learned his lesson in the previous book, ''The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'', where he was very reluctant to go with the others.
* A slightly different take on this scene happens during a siege in the second book from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. The besieged forces draw back inside the defenses at one point out of fear of [[GreekFire wildfire, (a magically enhanced, virtually undousable flame)]] that their own side has used to set the battlefield ablaze. This lets the forces attacking them get right up to the gates and start trying to batter them down. The soldiers, even the BloodKnight leading them, (who, by the way, got half his face burned off as a kid) refuse to go back and fight. At this point Tyrion, who is a dwarf, (not a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame fantasy dwarf]], but a human who happens to be about 4 feet tall) rides up and tries to get the soldiers to go back into the fight. They refuse. Tyrion then goes to lead the attack himself, shouting at the tough guy soldiers "They say I'm half a man. What does that make the lot of you?" True to form, that shames enough of them into fighting that they make a difference in the tide of battle.
* In a children's novelization of Generation One ''Series/{{Transformers}}'', Bumblebee, the smallest and weakest of the Autobots, is the first to volunteer for Optimus Prime's space mission, which will eventually bring the Transformers to earth.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers The Sun Makers]]'', the outlaw Others are unwilling to help Leela rescue the Doctor. It's the just escaped worker who offers. The Others do not follow until later, when the Doctor returns to rally them.


[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module ''[[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/tsr9242.zip OA5 Mad Monkey vs. the Dragon Claw]]''. If the players have their {{PC}}'s refuse to undertake the adventure, the aged and weak owner of the inn they're staying at volunteers to do so.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* In ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'', the outcast and shamed Grizabella is shunned by all the adult cats. Then a kitten comes over and nuzzles her.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'': When Anakin returns with the horribly mutated males of the local ProudWarriorRaceGuy tribe, a small child is the first one to welcome them back to the tribe.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Cartman delivers a rousing speech in an attempt to persuade people to address the menace of Scott Tenorman. He succeeds only in enlisting the wheelchair-bound, mentally retarded Timmy.
** And then Timmy changes his mind.
*** Of course, Cartman [[MagnificentBastard didn't need their ''willing'' help anyway.]]