Phrase said by somebody who is about to try solving everything by themselves, and will screw things up really, really badly. Or somebody who has already screwed everything up.
Anyone who refuses help with this phrase is convinced that they need keep their problems secret and solve them on their own. This can only end one way: learning An Aesop
about pride. Unless they say "leave me alone" and then add, "nothing's wrong" or "I can take care of myself" or "it's none of your business". In that case, they've screwed up even more badly, and may get themselves killed before they can learn their valuable lesson
. Remember, Loners Are Freaks
and friends are good for you
Of course, every now and then there's a character who is so Badass
that they really can handle everything themselves. They never say "Leave Me Alone". They say "you'll have to trust me" or "don't help me when I don't want to be helped" or something that sounds equally high-minded. Unless, of course, they resort to the classic "Stay out of my way," in which case An Aesop
about teamwork may not be far off.
Compare Don't You Dare Pity Me!
and Think Nothing of It
, both of which can express this in certain situations.
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- Inverted numerous times in Incredible Hulk, when the Hulk, and later Banner, tell the other heroes to leave him alone, or rather Leave Hulk Alone, and, what do you know, it turns out that they should have left him alone.
- Not that anyone would have any reason to expect that a temperamental monster with limitless Super Strength and the mental outlook of a four year old could be safely left to his own devices. Especially since someone else might bug him later and set him off anyway.
- Said by Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen when he is mobbed by reporters.
- Batman has proven to be a "you'll have to trust me" version of this trope.
Live Action Television
- In Degrassi Junior High, anyone who says "leave me alone" will inevitably come crawling back to the person who offered them help.
- The Pretender: Some of the people Jarod tries to help want to be alone including a rape survivor who is too traumatised to want to be around anyone and a CIA agent with powerful enemies. Also when Jarod tries to help Miss Parker with finding answers about her various murdered loved ones he often gets this response.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Amok Time", Spock spends the first part of the episode refusing help from Chapel, McCoy, Kirk, or anyone else on ship out of embarrassment about the ponn farr. Eventually, Kirk wears him down.
- In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine one episode featured an ensign from a low gravity world who needed a wheelchair to get around in what everybody else considered normal gravity. She resented being treated like she had a disability and refused all help and accommodation that wasn't absolutely necessary and also requested to operate solo on missions because she could focus and not worry about slowing anyone down. The first half of the episode was one incident after another of her refusing reasonable precautions and help and getting herself into danger because of it.
- In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22), Bobby does not want to leave Dean alone after Sam's death, but Dean insists and ends up making a deal with a crossroad demon.
Manga and Anime
- In the first episode of Kotoura-san, Haruka requested this from Manabe at the end of episode 1, as she thought his being close to her would eventually hurt him. Manabe talked her out of it, at least to try to be friends with him.
- Final Fantasy VIII's Squall Leonheart embodies this trope. He even admits he's a complete wreck later in the game, but he still won't accept anyone's help because he can't trust anyone anymore. Trying to isolate himself only makes things worse.
- In Tokimeki Memorial 2, this is the bread and butter of the Kaori events "Farewell..." and "The person I can believe in". Thanksfully, the next day, the protagonist manages to find the right words to convince her not to behave like that. note Kaori's "Watashi no koto o mou, kamawanaide" (= "Don't mind about me anymore") is one of the most famous quotes of the game.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender :
- Subverted on the animated Legion of Super Heroes. Rebellious Princess Phantom Girl tells teammate Timberwolf that she can take care of herself. Cue monster sneaking up behind her...whom she hears in time and phases straight through. Played straight with Timberwolf in the second season, with Phantom Girl and Chameleon Boy being the ones helping out.
- In the animated Teen Titans, Raven tried dealing with several matters on her own, from heartache to the end of the world. Try as she might, she couldn't quite keep her friends from getting involved somehow.
- In The Powerpuff Girls episode "The Mane Event," Blossom—in seclusion after Bubbles and Buttercup had butchered her hair—simply tells the Professor to "go away."
- In the episode "Apple Buck Season" of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Applejack attempts to balance harvesting thousands of apple trees and helping her friends who each have a task for her which leads to her being exhausted. After causing several predicaments in Ponyville, she accepts assistance only after realizing that she can't harvest all the trees on her own.
- Danny Phantom has Danny say this to Jazz in "My Brother's Keeper" when he has to leave to go fight ghost. This causes Jazz to think he's depressed.