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
Also see The Power of Friendship
, Save Our Team
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Anime and Manga
- Notably Slayers, although Lina always seems to be the only useful member in the end.
- Sailor Moon, especially the first season.
- 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.
- Eyeshield 21.
- Digimon does this several times a season.
- A running theme in the manga Kuroko No Basuke.
Live Action TV
- 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 win...in 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."
- 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.
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Live Action TV
- 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.
- 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": Might not have been an intentional subversion, but a subversion nonetheless. 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 however, that attempt is also unsuccessful, and their actual record comes from out of left field.note
- They failed because one of the kids (forgot who) misinterpreted TSP—teaspoon—as Ten Square Pounds.