Team Spirit

"I can tell you from experience that when they get along, it sucks muchly."
Carl, the Evil Cockroach Wizard, Yin Yang Yo

On shows where the main characters are grouped together, goals ranging from winning games to defeating monsters are achieved only by teamwork.

A useful lesson, one supposes. It might be nice, however, to occasionally see a Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup episode.

Also see The Power of Friendship, Save Our Team.

Straight Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Notably Slayers, although Lina always seems to be the only useful member in the end.
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure and Splash*Star (but not YPC5) take this to an extreme, in that its Magical Girls can only transform and make their magical attacks together (as in holding hands), so it's a good thing they know Kung Fu.
    • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 does, however, focus on the team getting along. Strangely, it's the mature Karen that causes all the problems.
  • Even more so, the eponymous airships in Simoun can only be operated by two girls working as a team...and they're powered by the pilots kissing each other.
  • The Space Squadron in Soukou no Strain takes great pains to integrate Sara into their group and work together as a team. Although Sara goes solo against the Big Bad, she has the full backing and support of her team, who give her all the power they've got.
  • Digimon does this several times a season.
  • A running theme in ALL sport mangas to one or another degree. Be Eyeshield 21 or Kuroko no Basuke or Attacker You! or Prince of Tennis or others... there will always be the message that the team is everything. It's specially anvilicious in Captain Tsubasa, where one of the biggest plot threads of the junior high arc is how Hyuuga lost his position as a titular player in the powerful Toho team because he broke said team spirit by taking a temporary leave to train in Okinawa without permission..
  • In Kantai Collection, the Destroyers of the Third Torpedo Squadron form a strong bond while training Na´ve Newcomer Fubuki, which they call "Torpedo Girl Spirit" and becomes their rallying cry even after they're reassigned to new squads.

  • In The Mysterious Benedict Society, at the very beginning of their adventures, Mr. Benedict tells the Society that the most important thing is that they must, in all things, be a team. And, indeed, it is only by being a team that they are able to eventually defeat Mr. Curtain.

    Live Action TV 
  • Every Star Trek series is built on this trope.
  • Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.
  • Heroes took this to anvilicious (but still enjoyable) levels in the episode, "How to Stop an Exploding Man" when every character teamed up to kick Sylar's ass and stop the nuking of New York.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, particularly at the end of Season Four where the Scoobies use a spell that combines their powers into Buffy's body, and then kick the Big Bad's ass. It's pretty much Team Spirit given corporeal form.
  • While many of LazyTown's episodes revolve around the values of working together, there is one in particular that focuses on teamwork, complete with a song:
    "Teamwork, do it together
    Teamwork, friends forever,
    We're all for one and one for all
    We'll help each other stand tall,
    With teamwork!"
  • JAG and spin-offs NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles generally plays this trope straight.
  • In the JAG episode "Dungaree Justice", a misdirected team spirit leads a group of sailors to avenge the rape of a female sailor on an innocent man.

    Video Games 
  • This is the point of the pact system in The World Ends with You. Without a partner, a Player will get erased in a few minutes. And just to show how vital having a partner is, in the first day of the third week, you are drawn into a battle with Noise without a partner; you can still fight on the bottom screen, right? Wrong. All of your pins are disabled, leaving you with no choice but to run from battle.
  • Team Fortress 2's player classes all have different strengths, weaknesses, and unique abilities, forcing players to help each other out so their team can theory, at least. There's also a hat-painting item known as Team Spirit, which makes your hat match your current team's color.
  • This is a bit of a theme in Final Fantasy IX. Zidane says that he and Dagger are more than Just Friends, they're a team, and later he and Amarant have a discussion about what being part of a team means. One of the game's Active Time Events (a feature exclusive to this installment of Final Fantasy) is even called "Team."

    Web Original 
  • Team Night Saturn: Everyone on the site doesn't seem to mind to work together... as a team.

    Western Animation 
  • Rocket Power
  • The Powerpuff Girls. They did have a subversion of this cliche, however; see below.
  • Teamo Supremo
  • Teen Titans: Be it the Badass Normal or the Plucky Comic Relief, if even one Titan is absent....
  • The Weekenders: In "Sitters", the gang are babysitting Carver's younger brother... not surprisingly, they manage to keep things under control when they're working together.
  • Hey Arnold!: "Benchwarmer".
  • Yin Yang Yo: the two usually have to re-learn the Aesop about every other episode.
  • Used in Thomas the Tank Engine, particually in the later seasons where this seems to form the plot of half the episodes.
  • Wonderpets: What's gonna work? Teamwork!
  • íMucha Lucha!
  • Galactik Football
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes has so many episodes where the Avengers save the day through teamwork, Loki caught the heroes in traps by forcing each to fight a Master of Evil alone.
  • This is a common theme on PB&J Otter, and there's even a song about it in one episode.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: "Three Girls and a Monster" opens with the announcement that the City of Townsville has received an award for teamwork, and an example from the regular citizens being shown involving trash. However, Blossom and Buttercup are bickering over lots of things, picking up the hotline phone included. When the three girls finally meet the monster, one would expect the girls to defeat it by teaming up. Instead, Blossom and Buttercup continue to bicker while Bubbles gets the monster to leave town by asking nicely.
  • Hey Arnold!, "World Records": After several attempts by Arnold and Gerald to break a world record prove failures, Arnold comes up with the bright idea of getting all the neighborhood kids involved in making a giant pizza puff, using everyone's own special talent (Stinky's ability to wrap sleeping bags helps him fold the crust, Phoebe makes sauce, Gerald cuts vegetables). In the end they failed only because one of the kids (forgot who) misinterpreted TSP—teaspoon—as Ten Square Pounds. In the end they succeed with "Most Attempts at Trying To Get a World Record" which was without a doubt a team effort.
  • This is pretty much the central theme of My Friend Rabbit. It's detailed in the show's Title Theme Tune: "We're a team with lots to share / It's not where we're going it's how we're gonna get there! / We can do it, when we do it together! / We can do it, me and my friend Rabbit!"

    Real Life 
  • In World War II's Pacific Theater, the American air forces learned that dogfighting against the Japanese Zero fighters alone was a losing proposition against their early model fighters. However, with the help of master aerial tacticians like John Thache, the American pilots learn they can beat the Japanese in the air by fighting as a team.