I can't do it...I can't stop them... Alfred:
No, you can't...not on your own. But it's high time you realize you're a man, not an island. And a man's strength comes not from just brawn and intelligence...but also from his allies.
Disambiguation: This is the WAFFy
trope about friends and loved ones being with you in times of distress. For the dark trope that could have been dubbed this
, about something nightmarish nearby, see Enemy Rising Behind
, No Peripheral Vision
, and Paranoia Fuel
For many of us, Dying Alone
is particularly depressing. Maybe The Hero
is fighting alone against impossible odds
with his confidence shot to hell
. Maybe that Breaking Speech
delivered to The Smart Guy
over his non-existent love life
hit too close to home. Maybe the Grumpy Old Man
is especially grumpy with having to spend the upcoming Christmas alone again this year. Maybe the Shell-Shocked Senior
has decided that he can't live with what happened anymore.
This is when a character has his or her personal Darkest Hour
(or are just down in a slump) and is brought out of it by the people who truly matter
. It could be that the villain's Evil Gloating
by the Big Damn Heroes
delivering a bone shattering punch to the jaw
and rousing the hero with a motivational speech, assuring him that his struggle isn't meaningless and that he has inspired people to greatness. Maybe The Smart Guy
comes home depressed only to discover that the recently reformed Femme Fatale
is waiting for him wearing nothing but
The Grumpy Old Man
gets an unexpected visit from his nephew and his family. And the Shell-Shocked Senior
receives a phone call from his estranged daughter just when he's ready to put the gun to his head
Or maybe someone feels lonely and simply needs a hug.
People, both real and fictional, often find themselves isolated and overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding them. It is when this happens that The Power of Friendship
and The Power of Love
shines. Someone lending you a hand when it is truly needed
is a great way to be told that "You Are Not Alone
Is frequently a Heartwarming Moment
. Can overlap with Big Damn Heroes
if it involves a rescue. Can be used to bring people out of a 10-Minute Retirement
. All-Loving Hero
or the Good Samaritan
will offer this kind of help even to random strangers. The Anti-Nihilist
often practices this philosophy as a response to the nihilistically lonely world
around him. Many a Badass Creed
is based on the idea that the Badass
is just part of many; kill them and another will be there to carry on the fight. Extreme cases can even involve You Are Worth Hell
(e.g., "it's okay to suffer a Fate Worse Than Death
, as long as nobody's lonely!"). Compare You Are Better Than You Think You Are
When a dash of Unfortunate Implications
are added, this trope becomes Loners Are Freaks
instead. Contrast I Just Want to Have Friends
, Et Tu, Brute?
, In the End, You Are on Your Own
and Stop Helping Me!
. In certain cases, can be contrasted with Don't You Dare Pity Me!
For the Anime Tetralogy, see You Are (Not) Alone
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- Gundam Build Fighters theme song's opening lyric flat out states it! "You are not alone, you and I have this between us."
- In the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yugi has 4/5 of Exodia, but Kaiba will kick his ass next turn with three Blue-Eyes White Dragons if he doesn't pull the fifth. Yugi is about to give up, then he sees the figments of his friends standing behind his deck, with their hands in the center forming the smiley face they drew on them earlier, waiting for him to complete it.
- Seen again when their spirits help the Pharaoh and Yugi face Pegasus and block his mind reading powers after Yugi cannot last in the Shadow Duel.
- And again in the Virtual Nightmare Filler Arc; after Noah has turned most of the cast to stone, Yugi reminds the Pharaoh that they are with him in spirit, and visions of them cheer him on.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: At the start of his duel against Darkness in his true form, Juudai's worried that he's all alone, since all of his friends have been taken into Darkness's world. Suddenly, there's a voice we haven't heard in almost twenty episodes and Yubel wants to know what is this alone he's talking about being? She's always with him! And he just smiles, glad to hear her backtalking him (as she apparently does off-screen).
- Goku from Dragon Ball Z once invoked this trope. When Gohan was dueling with Cell, he almost gave up, but hearing his father's voice was just the pick-me-up he needed.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, Dr. Jail Scaglietti tries to push a Not So Different Breaking Speech onto Fate Testarossa, but her adopted kids Caro and Erio interfere and tell her that she is awesome and that they love her. After which Fate proceeds to take down two of the remaining Numbers and kick the doctor's ass in a manner most awesome. To the music of Nana Mizuki's "Pray," no less!
- Fate's rescue and subsequent adoption of Erio, as seen in the supplimentary manga, is even more heartwarming.
Fate: See, Erio. Right now, you're full of unhappy feelings, and thoughts of unforgivable things. I certainly wouldn't be able to understand all of it. But I want to try and understand at least a little. I think we can share some of our unhappiness. I was the same as you, Erio. Told I was unneeded by the person I loved. Told I was a failure. It was painful, and lonely. I felt like dying. But, unhappiness doesn't last forever. Fun things, happy things, if you look, you will certainly find them. I'll help you search. So please, don't hurt others in your sadness.
- This trope is one of the central themes of the entire Lyrical Nanoha series, really; two messages that have a very strong presence are "there is always someone willing to help you" and "your friends will always have your back".
- Revolutionary Girl Utena had one of these for her origin story, and in the manga, there was one for her finale.
- Digimon: The Movie uses this when Tai and Matt travel into the internet through sheer love for their digimon to deliver a Combined Energy Attack. (Watch it here at 0:32!)
Tai: Listen, I don't have a whistle to wake you, but I want you to know you're not alone, okay? And the mail keeps coming, it won't stop, kids from all over the world are writing to you. They need your help, you're the only one who can do it! Feel their hope, feel their strength!
WarGreymon: I feel them!
- Also in season 1, Matt gets lost in the Dark Ocean/Cave, convinced no one cares about him or needs him. Gabumon convinces him otherwise.
- Same thing with Sora, only it's Matt and Joe who save her.
- Calumon says this to Jeri in the 3rd-to-last episode of Digimon Tamers, which snaps her out of her then-suicidal Heroic BSOD.
- This trope is the point of Vandread. The overarching Aesop of the series is that no matter how tough things seems to be, they can always be overcome with the help of friends. The Grand Finale takes it to its natural epic conclusion by having thousands of warships warp in around the main cast as they prepare to take on a whole enemy armada with just one Cool Starship and an oversize robot, all of them requesting to fight at their side. It is revealed that these are the fleets of all the planets (with a sufficiently advanced technology) that the heroes have visited throughout the series and whose inhabitants they've impressed with their actions and words.
- At the end of the first season of Code Geass, Lelouch and C.C. trigger a Mind Rape trap showing them events out of C.C.'s centuries-long life, including several horrific "deaths". The following conversation takes place.
C.C.: The people who hated me. The people who loved me. They have all disappeared with time. In the endless and forever time, I...(her voice falters) Alone.
Lelouch: You are not alone. We are accomplices. If you are a witch, then I am a warlock.
C.C.: (Amused) You sure know what to say.
- In Naruto, Naruto tells Gaara that as a fellow Jinchuriki, he understands Gaara's pain so well that it hurts him. It leads to Gaara's Heel-Face Turn and him considering Naruto to be his first friend.
- In Episode/Chapter 1, Iruka says this to Naruto, and goes to to call Naruto a fine student that he cares for, who is a Konoha shinobi and not the demon fox.
- During Naruto's fight against Pain, the Kyuubi drives Naruto into a despair of loneliness, leading to Naruto almost releasing the Kyuubi's seal, only for his father, Namikaze Minato to appear and say this to him.
- Naruto has a similar experience later during the fight to claim Kyuubi's chakra, except that the one who appears to boost his morale this time is his mother, Uzumaki Kushina.
- Naruto invokes this trope to overcome his evil side in a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
- During the fourth Ninja World War, as Naruto almost falls for Tobi's Hannibal Lecture, Hinata says this to him and with Kurama's assistance, gets him back on track.
- GaoGaiGar FINAL has the main hero Guy ready to Drop the Hammer on Pisa Sol, a veritable sun, only to discover that there is no way he can take this thing out on his own. He then receives the energy of every other G-Stone in the series and realizing that he is in fact not alone Crushes a star.
- Guy actually pulls this off in the last episode of the TV series.
Guy: (to Mikoto in Zonuda form): If you die, I die with you.
- Several variants in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
- Kamina's catchphrase "Believe in the me who believes in you" is at least partly a reminder to Simon that he isn't alone, and has a brother who believes in him.
- Just when all hope seems to be lost in the first failed attack on Dai-Gunzan, Kamina and crew are saved by a Big Damn Heroes moment from the people they met and inspired along the way.
- In the second attack, Kamina breaks Simon out of his depression with something like the "needs a hug" variant, only it's a Bright Slap (which Simon later repeats for Rossiu)
- After Kamina's death, part of what breaks Simon out of his Heroic BSOD is the realization that there are people depending on him, including the rest of Team Gurren and Nia.
- And his subsequent quote, "My bro is dead, he's gone! But he's right there on my back, and here in my heart! He lives on as a part of me!" proving that he is not alone!
- The Clap Your Hands If You Believe scene just before Simon and Viral attack the freaking moon.
- A final example occurs near the end: as the good guys are being microwaved by a Big Bang-level attack, the inhabitants of Earth look on worriedly...then Rossiu says "But they can't be defeated by something like that!" Cue the Theme Music Power-Up and determined expressions from the watchers; Team Dai-Gurren somehow feels this, while Simon says "Not yet, I'm not done!", and neutralizes the attack with a Heroic Sacrifice from Lord Genome.
- Spiral Power in general seems to mix The Power of Love, The Power of Friendship, Heroic Resolve, and Rule of Cool (and given one theme song there's a bit of The Power of Rock too).
- Rebuild of Evangelion 1.01: You Are (Not) Alone has an extraordinarily appropriate subtitle.
- This is also a bit of a Madness Mantra in End of Evangelion, coming from Asuka's mother's soul inside EVA-02 while Asuka sobs, "I don't want to die." It's a bit weird, but it accompanies a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Also the point of the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV run. Kiel believes that each person is fundamentally alone and that because of this, people can never understand each other. He believes that by enacting Instrumentality, this will be overcome, making everybody happy. Ultimately completely subverted by Shinji Ikari, who accepts that each person is inherently lonely and decides to go on living anyway. In addition, Gendo's motivation for enacting his own Instrumentality Scenario is so that he can see his dead wife again. The series as a whole often seems like a deconstruction of the lengths people will go to to avoid loneliness.
- The Grand Finale of the manga presents a triumphant Reconstruction of the concept. Shinji states to Rei that if people are unable to hurt one another, then there is no capacity for them to love one another either. This leads to Shinji rejecting Instrumentality, Rei's Heroic Sacrifice to undo the Assimilation Plot and humankind successfully restoring itself with a brighter future ahead.
- In the Enies Lobby arc of One Piece, Luffy has been beaten to exhaustion by The Dragon Lucci and cannot get up. Then Usopp, who had left the Straw Hats and (though Luffy was unaware) had a change of heart and was fighting by their friends' sides in disguise, takes off his mask and calls out to Luffy and tells him to keep on fighting. When it becomes apparent that Luffy's too weak, Usopp attempts to draw Lucci into a fight with him, to Luffy's protests. Then Usopp challenges Luffy to get up and keep fighting.
Usopp: Then stand up right away and don't act like you're about to die!! It's not like you!! Even if there are billows of smoke, we can still see the sky. We can still see the ocean...! It ain't like it's hell here!! Don't act like you are about to die!!! Don't make me worry too much damnit-!!!
Luffy (struggling to his feet): ...I know...this isn't hell or anything like that...!
Usopp: Win!!! And we'll go back together, Luffy!!!
- The driving force behind that whole saga: Robin had been on the run from the World Government for 20 years, betrayed time and again, and she had given up living when Luffy saved her from death. She joined the crew, and for the first time she could remember, she was happy. Then they run into the people who caused her suffering, with the same Godzilla Threshold attack that destroyed her home island and everyone else on it aimed at the Straw Hats. She surrenders to them, while appearing to betray the Straw Hats, and accepts death to save them. When the Straw Hats find out, they rush through a tsunami, beat down an army of Marines and Agents, and declare war on the World Government, which is over 170 countries worldwide, before they even have a decent chance of getting Robin back. All of that just to prove that no matter what difficulty they would face, no matter what burden she carried, they would always come for her, and would never betray her over her "burden". Instead, they chose to make her burden their burden. It's the only time we ever see Robin, who's about as close to The Stoic as the Straw Hats get, break down in tears, having finally realized that after so long, she had finally found her place in life.
- One Piece practically breathes this trope. Luffy and his crew remain supportive of one another no matter what.
- To drive the above point home, One Piece has a Time Skip in which Luffy asks the Straw Hats to train for two years and become stronger so they can enter the New World then return to Sabaody Archipelago after said Time Skip. Two years later all of them reunite on the archipelago, and their solidarity remains as strong as it was before...while their strength, which was already Up to Eleven, has increased about tenfold per person.
- The 14th opening. The song name itself is practically this, "Fight Together." With the last lyrics of the opening being, "Never forget that, we fight together." Cue Luffy jumping into the air and reuniting with his crew.
- The song perhaps best exemplifies this during the latter half of the song, which shows each crew members' most intimate moments with Luffy, and then when Ace's spirit nudges Luffy closer to his straw hat, symbolically urging him to continue to follow his dream and reunite with his crew.
- The Theme song of Rental Magica says the trope.
- In the last episodes of season 1 of Sailor Moon, after all the scouts die and their spirits encourage Usagi, she runs towards the Dark, reassuring herself with "I'm not alone! Never alone!"
- Happens to each one of the Senshi in the R movie. Fiore gives a big speech about how none of them have ever felt his loneliness which prompts a flashback from each of them. Ami remembers how she was thought of as stuck up because she studied all the time. Rei remembers people thinking her strange for her psychic powers and ignorant because she only spent time at the temple. Makoto remembers being thought of as a bully and her reputation as a delinquent. Minako remembers being thought of as a shy Sailor V wannabe. This then leads to a flashback showing how Usagi was there for each of them.
- The end of the last episode of Stars is made of this trope: Sailor Moon has beaten Chaos and freed Galaxia, who leaves to return the Star Seeds back to their rightful places. Everyone but the Starlights and Usagi are dead, and she is left hanging in midair, triumphant but alone, when she hears a certain female voice... And then, more importantly, a certain male voice...
- Sailor Moon Crystal so far seems to have a thing for this trope.
- Act.8: Moon and her team coming to help Sailor V so she doesn't have to fight against Kunzite on her own. The Guardians tell her they used to be alone before meeting Usagi, but now they're fighting together, because "that's what friends do, isn't it?". Of course, this eventually botches Sailor V's plan to pose as a Princess in order to keep Sailor Moon safe...
- Act.9: The Guardians telling the depressed Usagi that she was reborn for a reason and that they're with her to help her fulfill what she couldn't do in her past life.
- Act.13 channels the Sailor Moon R movie, with the Guardians gaining strength from flashbacks of Usagi being friendly towards them. Later, when Moon is having trouble defeating Metalia, Mamoru cheers her up using the exact trope phrase and promises to support her if she starts running out of power.
- Happens to Hohenheim, of all people, in episode 27 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. He is reminded of his life in Resembool with his family and their friends.
- If you are a young lesbian growing up in Japan, a culture that is accepting by Asian standards but heavily heterosexist by Western standards, this is Sasameki Koto's message to you.
- Also a recurring theme in Rosario + Vampire: most explicitly when Tsukune comes to Yukari's aid against some angry lizardmen, telling her, "Like Moka said ... you're ... not alone anymore." Later, when Kraken is pulling Mizore off a cliff and she thinks in despair, "I really am all alone," the very next panel is Tsukune and Moka showing up to prove her wrong.
- In episode 26 of Fruits Basket, Tohru proves to Kyo that he is not alone, and that even if she is terrified of his true form, she wants to be with him. In the manga, this scene occurs about halfway through the story.
- Towards the end of the manga, Tohru convinces this to Akito as well. This ultimately gives Akito the courage to free the Zodiac, since she was afraid of being abandoned without them.
- The last two episodes of the (first) Negima!! anime revolve around this for several characters. All the power in the world means nothing if you can't say "Please help me," and The Power of Love and The Power of Friendship are the only things that can save someone from Despair Event Horizon.
- In a Crowning Moment of Awesome AND Heartwarming, Komamura tell this to Ichigo when he's paralyzed by Aizen's Breaking Speech. He is then joined by several shinigami (Hitsugaya, Soi Fon, Kyoraku and Omaeda) and Vizards (Shinji, Rose and Love) that are still standing, stating that they won't let Aizen use his shikai on Ichigo.
- Tsukishima's epiphany after Ginjo dies. He realizes Ginjo only told him to kill Shishigawara to make him realize what bond exists between him and Shishigawara so he'd understand that he's not as alone in the world as he thinks he is, and if Ginjo's gone, there are people who care about him and whom he can care about in return.
- The Everything But the Rain flashback arc turns out to be one giant Heroic BSOD for Ryuuken. In the end, he's so shattered by the events that have happened because they destroy his hope for the future of the quincies that he walks out into the Grey Rain Of Depression with the full intention of never being seen by his family again. That's when he finds Kanae Katagiri has been waiting for him in the rain all along. When he tries to force her to return home, she utterly refuses, declaring that she won't ever let him be alone and that she'll protect him no matter what the cost. A few years after they marry, she dies and his Heroic BSOD crosses the Despair Event Horizon. It affects both his actions and his relationship with his son for the next nine years.
- The latest example comes when Tetsuzaemon Iba goes to his completely depowered captain Sajin Komamura after his fight with Dark Action Girl Bambietta... and carries him on his back, promising to help him get back at Juhabach.
- Simultaneously parodied and played straight in Game X Rush: Memori goes out of his way to give Yuuki the "If you ever need it, I'll be here to listen" speech, and Yuuki promptly laughs at Memori and resumes his teasing. However, Yuuki does take the message to heart; or at least he's touched by the offer, even if he'd never show it.
- Shortly after her arrival, Detective Conan asked his new fellow shrink-ee Ai Haibara how she was able to stand having to live as a child. Her response was this trope, noting that everything she went through, Conan was as well.
- In episode 8 of Gankutsuou Maximilien says this to Valentine.
- During Maka's final fight with Crona in Soul Eater, Maka manages to enter Crona's mind and erase the circle Crona had mentally drawn to keep people out, then proceeds to walk towards Crona in real life after waking up in the threat of being impaled. Maka then gives Crona a hug, which completely purifies Crona's soul, weakens Ragnarok to childish proportions, removes any essence of Kishin energy from Crona, makes Crona cry in happiness, and now causes Crona to want to hang on Maka nearly all the time like a security blanket (albeit still walking behind Maka as a scared child behind their parent).
- Until Crona goes Brainwashed and Crazy, of course. Then Maka and Black Star have to go chase Crona to the moon and lecture about how not alone Crona is, only to be repeatedly impaled by rose vines. They keep lecturing, though.
- In one of the early episodes of Pokémon, Ash chases after Pikachu during a blizzard, and gets hopelessly lost and separated from Misty and Brock. He digs a snow cave and starts to shiver, waiting for morning, and all his Pokémon come out to keep him warm. Every single one of them, even the Grass-type, refuses to return to their Poké Balls.
Ash: [shivering and crying] I guess we'll all be cold together...
- Near the end of the Pokemon 2000 movie, after Ash gets knocked unconscious and falls off Lugia into the ocean, Misty flat-out says this to Melody about Ash.
Misty: You'll have to play Lugia's song. I'll go look for him. And Ash is never really alone because he's got...me.
- Later, much later, in the movie The Rise of Darkrai. Now, this movie had a couple of ending songs, and the first one was this trope.
Once you realize that you have been loved, then you will never be alone...
- In Natsume Yuujinchou, Natori brings Natsume to the Assembly of Conjurers with the intention of showing Natsume that there are others like him. Unfortunately, he also learns that many of those others aren't nearly as concerned about the well-being of ayakashi as he might be.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Invoked by name in the last episode, last scene. Someone is fighting for you. Remember her. Always. The full quote is the page quote.
- Also inverted to "I am not alone" in the final episode, when Madoka Ascends to a Higher Plane of Existence, Homura is distraught at the prospect of Madoka ending up alone. Madoka replies that she won't - from now on, she'll be omnipresent, and therefore she'll be with everyone in the universe, throughout space and time. "Even if you can't see me, even if you can't hear me, I'll be by your side."
- Invoked earlier in the series in episode 3 where it is deconstructed. Madoka promises to become a Magical Girl and fight beside the desperately lonely Mami from now on, telling her "You aren't alone anymore!" Mami's subsequent euphoria causes her to enter the ensuing battle somewhat more recklessly than she otherwise would have, to horrific consequences. Unfortunately, The Power of Friendship proved to be a deadly distraction in this case.
- From episode 11: After a Homura's stand-alone fight against Walpurgisnacht, involving a LOT of dakka, explosions and enough C4 mines to fill a stadium Walpurgis doesn't take any damage and its counterattacks leaves Homura badly hurt, with a big block of concrete crushing her right leg. Homura realizes that she can't defeat Walpurgis alone and that every time she tries, Madoka's fates become worse. She starts falling into despair until Madoka appears and hugs her while telling she has already done enough.
- Sayaka's death paints this trope beautifully, where Kyoko sacrifices herself just so she wouldn't have to face the grim reaper's door alone.
- InuYasha: Kagura is fatally poisoned by Naraku after a Heel-Face Turn/Heroic Sacrifice and believes she is going to die alone. Suddenly, in front of her stands the last person she expects to see, Sesshoumaru. They share a brief exchange in which he actually tells her that he came there for the sole purpose of seeing her. He tries to save her with Tenseiga, but he cannot. He asks her if she is leaving, to which she responds that she is and she happily fades into the wind, glad that she was able to see him one last time.
- Happens a few times in A Certain Magical Index, like with Misaka during the sisters arc, as she's about to go essentially commit suicide to make the researchers believe that her clones didn't have enough worth to be killed in the Level 6 shift project, Touma shows up and saves the day.
- Several girls end up saying this to Touma, calling him out on his tendency to tell others to ask for help while often not doing so himself. In particular, Misaka Mikoto says this to him at the end of the second volume of the New Testament novels, signifying the fact she's going to get involved with Touma's adventures with the magic side.
- In .hack//SIGN this is a major message given to Tsukasa from Subaru, Mimiru, and eventually Bear.
- In Oniisama e..., in a heartwarming and tear jerking moment, Mariko gives one when Aya, who spent nearly the entire series tormenting her, is about to commit suicide by going into the ocean and Mariko and her friends stops it, rekindling their broken relationship.
- This is one of the platitudes Misaki offers to Satou as part of her treatment of his hikikomori condition and depression in Welcome to the N.H.K..
- In Persona 4: The Animation both Kanji and Naoto get these in their dungeons. In Kanji's Yu lets Kanji know he isn't alone in his love for cute things. In Naoto's, Kanji tells her that he was bad at making friends, too.
- This is a running theme in all the Dungeon Boss scenes in the Game, where one of the most effective arguments for calming the person down and getting them to accept their Shadow is that All of them there to rescue the person had gone through the same thing. The end result is one of the strongest examples of True Companions
- Even the True Ending episode is named "No One Is Alone".
- Played depressingly straight in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, when Emma tells this to Kamille at the very beginning of the last episode. The depressing part is that up to that point, Kamille has lost his mother, his father, his lover, his (sort-of) little sister, and almost all of his friends and comrades. On top of that, Emma says this while dying. Emma is completely right. The Zeta Gundam's biosensor, combined with Kamille newtype powers allow him to channel the powers of the dead to defeat Scirocco once and for all in the finale.
- The Aesop in the first chapter of Gakuen Babysitters, where Ryuuichi finally allows the reality of his parents' deaths to sink in after staring at their old phone numbers on his cell, with his new adoptive caregiver arriving to comfort him.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Keiichi and Rika spend the better part of an episode talking this message into Satoko's head as an essential part of getting her to help herself out of her uncle's abuse (the village's lingering resentment of her family, which is eventually stamped out, along with the understandable strain she is under, Satoko feels completely alone in her struggle). It works. Then they all die.
- in xxxHOLiC, it turns out that Doumeki's undying loyalty to Watanuki came about because he wanted to prove him this, as he'd once overheard Watanuki lamenting that he felt he would die alone. Yuuko also has stressed many times that Watanuki "doesn't belong only to himself, because he's made connections with others", and Kohane has stated that while she thought that she and Watanuki were similar, she eventually realized that they weren't, because while she was alone at the time, Watanuki had people who cared about him. Even Mokona later states outright that "even if they aren't right there with him, Watanuki is never truly alone". However, whether or not Watanuki ever truly understands this is up to debate.
- Fairy Tail has the Laxus sign, which basically represents the message: "No matter where you are, and even if I cannot see you, I will always be watching over you." Anytime anyone makes that sign, it makes for an epic moment.
- Tsuchiya says this to Masaki in Holyland chapter 147 when the latter does not want to shoulder the burden of putting together a group to stand up to the drug pushers.
- Masaki passes the favour on to Yuu in chapter 156.
- Captain America #270 features Cap's support of his gay friend Arnie. It's incredibly sweet, and it becomes downright awesome when he de-brainwashes Arnie and frees him from the Red Skull via a Rousing Speech, combined with a Gay Aesop. Keep in mind, this was in the 1980s.
Cap: "You are not a freak! You are as good and decent a man as I’ve ever known! They can’t corrupt your love for Michael with their lies… They’re the disease!"
- This trope is the source of one of the epic moments in Infinite Crisis. Wally West and Bart Allen try to trap Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force but Wally is torn away by the forces involved and Bart is left alone.
: Wally! Wally, where are you going?! I can't do this! I can't do this alone! Superboy-Prime
: You're right. You're even weaker than the rest. You've always been stupid. I watched you. Stupid little kid. Left all alone. Kid Flash
: Shut up! I'm - not - stupid! ????
(Hand reaches out of the Speed Force, securing Superboy-Prime. It is followed by a face - it is Barry Allen, Kid Flash's grandfather in his Flash costume
.) Barry Allen
: You're not alone either. Kid Flash
- Newsarama ran an annotations/comments thread for Infinite Crisis. Their assessment of this scene was "And if you happened to be reading this scene in the shop when the thirty-year-old geek burst out crying, well, we hope you gave him a hug, is all."
- Part nine of the Green Lantern Arc The Sinestro Corps War has an amazingly epic one between Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner.
For guys like us, overcoming fear is what we do best, but when it comes to guilt, regret... loss. Even Green Lanterns struggle with those. But we don't have to do it alone.
The duo proceed to tear their way out of Parallax
- Earlier in the storyline, Hal Jordan is trapped in the anti-matter universe, about to be murdered by Sinestro Corps member Amon Sur, when...
: It's ironic, isn't it, Jordan?... You dying here. Killed by Sinestro's army. Alone. You've been despised and abandoned by your Corps. The Cavalry
: Despised is one thing. But abandoned? THAT the Green Lantern Corps don't do.
- Batman: Dark Victory has such a scene. When a young Dick Grayson is taken in by Bruce Wayne after his parents were killed, he sadly tells Alfred, "I'm... I'm all alone now, Mr. Pennyworth." Alfred recalls a very similar scene years ago when eight year old Bruce said, "I'm... I'm all alone now Alfred", and Alfred couldn't think of anything to say to him as he walked out of the room. Back to the scene with Dick, Alfred decides not to make the same mistake.
Alfred: I am going to tell you something that I wish I had told another little boy years ago. You are not alone. I imagine you never will be again.
- All-Star Superman: in one of the best Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming ever, Superman - who is dying, running out of time - talks a girl out of suicide.
"It's never as bad as it seems. You're much stronger than you think you are."
- Danielle Moonstar to Rahne Sinclair after a battle alongside her; 'What Reverend Craig said doesn't matter. Without you those policemen would have died. You're not alone. Moira loves you, and I...'
- Alan Scott's speech to the scattered survivors of Anti-Life in Final Crisis.
Alan Scott: You are not alone! And it's not over yet!
- The Bronze Age Teen Titans were made on this Trope. The Battle Cry was "TITANS TOGETHER!"
- Valerie's letter in V for Vendetta: even though Valerie died years ago, her words still comfort Evey (and any reader with a heart).
- Inverted, in a way, in Watchmen: What finally breaks Walter Kovacks and creates Rorschach, turning him from a mere vigilante into a true example of He Who Fights Monsters, is the knowledge that "we are alone. There is nothing else". Rorschach uses a Hannibal Lecture to explain this concept.
- It's later played straight when Dan explains to Rorschach that, despite his flaws, Dan is still his friend. It helps ease up some of the problems between them and they're able to work together for the rest of the story.
- In Dark Empire, Leia retrieves a fallen Luke from the Emperor pretty easily. In the radio drama, though, it's expanded on in a sequence where we see how Luke's been Mind Raped, with the Emperor making him believe "You are nothing", "You have no name", and "You are alone". When Leia breaks through this, Luke pulling free is marked with embracing their bond in The Force and shouting "I am not alone! I am never alone!"
- In New Avengers, Doctor Strange comes to them at two of the lowest moments in his life, not expecting their help or even asking for it, but is pulled into their circle in a way that screams this trope. After the second time, he joins the team.
- At the end of The Return of Bruce Wayne, Bruce Wayne finally realizes that the reason why he's been so successful as Batman and survived for so long is because he's always been surrounded by people who care about him and share his determination to protect others and serve justice. This revelation gives him the strength to banish Darkseid's presence from his mind, body, and soul.
- Meta example: This post from Gail Simone to people who want to make comics but feel inadequate (which applies just as much to any other creative endeavor.)
- In the Touhou fanfic "Girl of the Dusk" by Gensoukoumuten; no one deserves to be alone without love. Not even the darkest Eldritch Abomination. No one.
- In the Good Omens/Supernatural fic series Arrangements, the author has outright stated that trust and faith are his two main themes. Example lines range from serious reminders that quote the trope name verbatim to things like Bobby's response to Crowley asking if anyone's going to accuse him of betrayal.
Bobby: [growling] I think what the archangel is trying to say, idjit, is that I just spent fifteen of the most embarrassing minutes of my life telling you I trust you, and he's just spent the past month or so of his telling you the same thing, and I don't even know how long yon angel of yours has been saying it, and that there was quite probably the stupidest damn question we ever heard! Of course we bloody trust you, y'idjit!
- "Mad Dog's Legacy", a Daria fanfic series, focuses on the growing bond between Daria, Jane, and Quinn in light of Daria being molested when she was a child, Jane being evicted from her house, and Quinn self-medicating to handle the stress of it all. Made especially clear after Quinn's accidental overdose when Quinn declares "I'm going to need both my sisters to help me."
- Generally a theme of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic— as well as the series itself.
- In Fate Zero Sanity, Berserker and Soul give this to Saber after Rider's What the Hell, Hero? at the Servant banquet, telling her that they will stand by her no matter what and that they would have no one else as their partner. This, along with You Are Not Alone, convinces Saber to truly accept them as friends and allies, which continues on for the remainder of the War.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- The Abyss (1989) has a perfect example of this. Bud Brigman is doing a suit dive more than 20,000 feet below the surface of the ocean and is suffering from pressure effects (tremors and vision problems) as well as the cold. His ex-wife Lindsey is on the radio trying to encourage him, with assistance from the other crew members.
Lindsey: You have to listen to my voice. You have to try. Concentrate, all right? Just listen to my voice. Please. I know how alone you feel. Alone in all that cold blackness. But I'm there in the dark with you. Oh, Bud. You're not alone. I'm with you. I'll always be with you, Bud. I promise that.
Catfish: How you doin', pardner? You still with us? Come back. You talk to us, buddy boy.
Lindsey: Bud? You hangin' in there? Talk to me, Bud. Are you okay?
- There's a perfect example also in Full Metal Jacket - the speech Hartman makes to the platoon on Graduation Day from Basic Training:
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
: Today, you people are no longer maggots. Today, you are Marines. You're part of a brotherhood
. From now on until the day you die, wherever you are, every Marine is your brother. Most of you will go to Vietnam. Some of you will not come back. But always remember this: Marines die. That's what we're here for. But the Marine Corp lives forever. And that means YOU live forever.
- This is what George Bailey comes to realize by the end of It's a Wonderful Life: "No man is a failure, so long as he has friends."
- From The Two Towers when Gandalf and the exiled Éomer relieve the siege of Helm's Deep.
Théoden: And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim!
- Averted in The Fellowship of the Ring when Frodo asks Galadriel for advice.
Frodo: I cannot do this alone.
Galadriel: You are a Ring-bearer Frodo. To bear a Ring of Power, is to be alone.
- And then played straight at the end with Sam, who refuses to let him leave for Mordor on his own. And let's not even mention all the crap they go through together after that.
Lara: "He'll be isolated. Alone."
Jor-El holds up a single green crystal.
Jor-El: "He will not be alone. He will NEVER be alone..."
- This becomes a meaningful echo in Superman Returns when Superman is talking to his own superpowered son:
Superman: "You'll feel like an outcast, but you'll never be alone".
- In Man of Steel Zod broadcasts this message to Earth with the intention of reaching Kal/Clark/Superman. While his intentions may have been hostile, as far as he knew, Kal may have been eager to join Zod and live among other Kryptonians.
- Star Wars:
- "The Force will be with you. Always." Considering it's coming from Luke's recently deceased mentor, he might as well have said, "I will be with you, always".
- Averted in that Luke's wingman (Wedge) has been hit and had to pull out, best friend (Biggs) has been killed, and even Artoo is hit and taken away from him. In the final moments of the trench run, Luke is completely and utterly alone— except for a mystical power he only half believes in (and, you know, Han Solo and Chewbacca).
- Star Trek:
Kirk: "My friends, I can't ask you to go any further. Dr. McCoy and I have to do this. The rest of you do not." Kirk's loyal crew don't see it that way, and thus they all go to save Spock.
- The exact dialogue needs to be repeated, so all can see how loyal Kirk's crew is.
Chekov: Admiral, we're losing precious time.
Sulu: What course please, Admiral?
Kirk: Mr. Scott?
Scotty: I'd be grateful Admiral, if you'd give the word.
Kirk (looks at them all, humbled) "Gentlemen... may the wind be at our backs. Stations please.
- At the beginning of Star Trek V, Kirk tells Spock and McCoy that he knows he'll die alone, leading to the following heartwarming moment near the end of the film:
I thought I was going to die. Spock:
Not possible. You were never alone.
- Sadly, it appears averted when Kirk DOES die alone at the beginning of the first Star Trek: The Next Generation movie, Generations. At least until Picard brings him out of the Nexus (and he dies shortly thereafter in the other's company).
- In the 2009 Star Trek reboot film, Spock decides to infiltrate Nero's ship, since he has the best chance of succeeding since as a Vulcan he's genetically closer to Romulans. Kirk emphatically announces that he's going with him.
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, after the Enterprise is about to fall out of orbit after getting pummelled by the Vengence, Spock orders the bridge crew to abandon ship while he tries to bring the ship under his control. After he repeats his order, Sulu answers, "With All Due Respect, sir... we're not going anywhere!"
- In Return To Paradise, an American man in Malaysia is sentenced to death due to the absurd amount of hash he had on him, unless his two friends return from the States, accept responsibility, and serve time in Malaysian jail. One man agrees to face punishment and the judge is moved by this nobility into lightening the sentence. When a reporter breaks the story to the press and maligns the legal system in Malaysia, she presses the judge's Hanging Button. As the original man is led crying to the gallows, his returning friend delivers a You Are Not Alone speech which helps him die with remarkable composure.
I'm here, Lewis, I'm right here. You're not alone, Lewis. Look at me, Lewis. You're not alone, Lewis. Look at me. You're not alone. I'm here. Look at me. See me, Lewis. You're not alone. I'm right here. I'm right here, Lewis, I'm right here. I see you, Lewis. I'm right here. Lewis, you are not alone right now. I'm right here. You are not alone, Lewis. I see you. I see you, Lewis. I'm right here. You're not alone. You are not alone, Lewis!
- Terminator: "My name is John Connor. If you can hear this, you are the resistance."
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Yo ho, all hands. Hoist the colours high.
- Showcased at the end of The Breakfast Club, when everyone puts aside their differences, realizes that they're all Not So Different, and all become friends. The song they dance to is even called "We Are Not Alone."
- Though it isn't outright said in the book, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore says this to Harry a couple days after he returns from the graveyard, and to many fans it was one of the more redeeming moments of GoF's portrayal of Dumbledore.
- Taken a step further with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In the novel, the reaction of Harry towards the adults withholding information from him and being an outcast at school is anger, feeling like he was being treated with kid gloves, which was not overly well-received by fans. In the film, Harry's reaction is one of sadness and isolation, feeling like everyone is intentionally distancing themselves from him, and Voldemort tries to exploit it during his attempted Mind Rape of Harry during the climax, making him think of the people he has lost and will lose. Harry's mind is able to remember all the good people in his life who have helped him, and realizing he is not alone forces out the Dark Lord.
- Expressed in several forms by different characters in X-Men: First Class, most directly when Charles Xavier says this verbatim to Erik Lehnsherr after he rescues the latter from drowning.
- In the first Spider-Man film, debris-hurling New Yorkers openly taunt the Green Goblin as they invoke this trope for Spidey.
- The conclusion of Revenge of the Nerds did this collectively, as the college's outcasts call for everyone else who's ever felt picked on to join them on the field, and every non-jock on the campus does so.
- Will Smith's character uses this in I Am Legend, during his daily radio broadcasts.
- The song "More Than A Band" from Lemonade Mouth exemplies this.
- In Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan is saved from crucifixion and revived by his friends whom he'd previously left behind. His lover, Valeria, promises that she'll always be with him and even return from the dead to aid him if necessary. Later on in the film she makes good on her promise, returning from the afterlife to save him when he's about to be killed by a foe.
Valeria: All the gods they can not sever us. If I were dead and you still fighting for life I would come back from the Abyss, back from the pit of Hell, to fight at your side.
- Bad Boys: "We ride together, we die together. Bad Boys for life. We'll just have to do it ourselves." Which is immediately followed by:
"You look like you're about to do something stupid. I'm in.
- The Amazing Spider-Man has this moment:
Captain Stacy: He's not alone!
- The final song in Into the Woods is this to Jack and Red after their parents are killed.
- A big thing in Animorphs, but most obvious in #31, when Jake's father is at risk of being infested. Jake's panicking and on the verge of having a mental breakdown, and is expecting a longwinded lecture from Marco about the importance of staying clearheaded and rational, instead of doing something stupid and reckless. But Marco just says, "You're not alone, man."
- Kurt Vonnegut in Timequake: Many people need desperately to receive this message: "I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people don't care about them. You are not alone."
- In the Codex Alera series the tribes of the Marat form bonds with totem animals, and this forms the basis of the tribes they divide into. Kitai, however, accidentally bonded with Tavi after he saved her life in the first book, and as the first Marat to bond with an Aleran, has no tribe to call her own and she tells Tavi that she is all alone in the world. You can guess his response.
- This receives a callback a couple books later. Isana, speaking with Kitai, says it must be awful to be alone, without a tribe. Kitai's response is, "I would not know. I am not alone."
- Jim Butcher also wrote a rather touching instance of this trope in The Dresden Files book Small Favor. The Archive, a twelve-year-old girl who is also the repository of all recorded human knowledge, has been kidnapped by Denarians who intend to torture her until she becomes one of them. Just before heading into a probably suicidal battle to save her, Harry sits down and writes: You are not alone... We're coming after you. Don't listen to them. Hang on... You are not alone. Post-rescue, the little girl cries in his arms and whispers, "I got your letter. Thank you."
- Also, from a conversation between Harry and his father in ''Dead Beat:
Son. Everyone dies alone. That's what it is. It's a door. It's one person wide. When you go through it, you do it alone. But it doesn't mean you've got to be alone before you go through the door. And believe me, you aren't alone on the other side.
- In general, Harry has to relearn every few books that he can rely on his friends rather than just take on the evil of the week alone.
- In Lee Lightner's Warhammer 40,000 Space Wolf novel Sons of Fenris, Ragnar goes to eat in the great hall and finds Haegr, a fellow member of the Wolfblade eating alone, and Berek's company, to which he used to belong. But when he goes in, Berek's company recognizes and rises up to greet him and surround him with such enthusiasm that he is deeply touched.
- In His Majesty's Dragon, Laurence forces Captain Rankin to go to his dragon Levitas as he lies dying. Rankin has been neglecting and verbally abusing Levitas throughout most of the book, so Levitas' final heartfelt "You came..." makes the scene even more of a Tearjerker.
: "The government is not of my party, the King is ill and mad, but I have given my word!" Temeraire
: "Then I must go alone... I will go alone...." Laurence
: (after a very long pause) "No."
- Gordon R. Dickson's short story "Steel Brother". A young man is alone running a robotic outpost in space to guard against the alien enemy. He can't face the fear until after he fails in battle and finally surrenders his mind to the computer memory banks where he discovers that the past (deceased) commander of the post left him a message, the same one every member of the corps leaves for his successor, "You are not alone, all along the frontier there is one of us standing guard, even if you die, another will take your place".
- Dumbledore leans on this in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: "I am not afraid, Harry. I am with you."
- There are tons of examples in HP. Ron in the Shrieking Shack in Prisoner of Azkaban: "If you want to kill Harry, you'll have to kill us too!" Neville in the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix: "HE'S NOT ALONE! HE'S STILL GOT ME!" McGonagall during Dumbledore's arrest scene in the same: "He will not be single-handed!" Et cetera.
- Which makes sense, since the series is about the Power of Love. In Deathly Hallows, virtually every character in the book alive and dead joins in to fight Voldemort's forces, all just so that Harry can be protected long enough to find the last Horcrux. Even before that, it's implied that the students of Hogwarts remain loyal to him and continue their own resistance, so that they'll be ready when Harry returns to help them.
- Ron and Hermione assure Harry of this at the end of the sixth book. And at the start of the seventh, when Harry still doesn't get it Hermione gives him a fantastic speech that also serves as a What the Hell, Hero? for all the times he's considered going off without them.
- In Matt Farrer's "After Desh'ea" (in the Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy book Tales of Heresy), Angron's rage stems from his current isolation, all his friends and comrades having died in their rebellion. Kharne persuades him that the War Hounds desire only to join him, and he is deeply moved by the thought of their being loyal to him, and the salute they give him when he comes to them — he is a general again.
- The Heresy novels also provide a profoundly disturbing example of this trope. Early in The First Heretic, Argel Tal looked down on the Adeptus Custodes, who fought as individuals in contrast with Tal and his fellow Word Bearers. By the end of the book, Argel Tal's squadmates are either dead or twisted beyond recognition, any bonds of fellowship broken, and he muses that his brothers are dead... at which point Raum, the creature co-habitating his body, assures him "I am your brother."
- Early in Heir to the Empire, Obi-Wan appears to Luke Skywalker in a dream. Luke tells him that it's been a long time, and Obi-Wan tells him that it's going to be a lot longer - he's here to say goodbye. He can't be Luke's Spirit Advisor anymore. When he vanishes, a despairing Luke thinks that that's it - he's alone. The last Jedi. The last thing Obi-Wan tells him is Not the last of the old, Luke. The first of the new.
- Ferus Olin, after being mortally wounded by Darth Vader, is found by Leia, who holds his hand as he dies. He doesn't know she's there - he sees Roan Lands, the man who had been "his partner and friend for the best years of his life" and who had died twenty years before this.
"Did you really think I would leave you here alone?"
- That same book has Luke captured and tortured. Obi-Wan's spirit, and perhaps the Force, stay with him to keep him from giving up.
- Galaxy of Fear: Tash at several points is alone and afraid, and sometimes The Force helps her.
You're not alone, Tash. You're never alone.
- At the end of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Kurt Ambrose is mortally wounded and barely able to stay conscious when the Elite commander approaches the rapidly closing portal that Kurt had stayed to defend. As he summons the will to stand, he sees all of the other fallen Spartans around him, the SPARTAN-IIs that he had served beside and the SPARTAN-IIIs that he had trained all together. In unison, they silently give him the thumbs-up "can do" signal, and it steels his nerve for what he has to do.
- In the first chapter of 1984, Winston takes a look at O'Brien and imagines him saying this. Unfortunately, O'Brien is far, FAR from being on Winston's side.
- In Jack Campbell's Relentless, when Geary faces returning to Alliance space a century since he left it, the sole survivor of that era, Desjani assures him he will not be alone.
- In Juliet Marillier's Son of the Shadows, Bran is in a coma. Every man in his band tells a story of how he reached out his hand to them and gave them a place and an identity, to remind him that there are many people who love and need him.
- The Lord of the Rings gives us the siege of Minas Tirith, where the defenders are trapped inside the city and outnumbered roughly 1,000 to 1. Very little help has come, and Rohan (their neighbors to the West) failed to answer their called for help. The dawn comes, and the defenders can only watch as the enemy breaches the city gates. Suddenly:
"In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last."
- In The Bible, following God is presented as rather impossible without divine intervention, so God is always sending a word of encouragement to those who choose to be on His side. Here's a few highlights:
- To Joshua, as he's facing the prospect of filling Moses' very big shoes and leading the Israelites.
"As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you."
- To Elijah, as he's having a Heroic BSOD.
"Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him."
- And Jesus to His disciples, as He's about to ascend into heaven.
"...surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
- The endings of both Brisingr and Inheritance from Inheritance Cycle feature Eragon lamenting his state of being alone and then being buoyed by the knowledge of the friends and family he has to help him and realizing that he is not alone.
- A little spoiled by his self-imposed exile.
- In the second book of the Croak trilogy, Lex comes back to town expecting her friends and dead sister to hate her. None of them do. Practically everyone else in the town does, but that's beside the point.
- Happens pretty early on in The Zombie Knight. Shortly after becoming Garovel's servant, Hector who has been resurrected after killing himself out of loneliness is terrified at the thought of Garovel leaving.
Hector: Um... please... um...
Don't you remember? When you talk to me in your head, I'll hear you no matter where I am. So don't frown like that. You understand? You're never alone, Hector. Not anymore.
- "These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
- In Starship Troopers the Mobile Infantry have an institutional loathing of leaving a comrade behind. Even in situations that are dire and require a retreat, the MI will go to great lengths to make sure that not even a single one of their soldiers gets left on the battlefield.
- This is a central theme in Those That Wake and its sequel, What We Become.
- A variation on this is Barclay's justification for working with Bruce Maddox on an AI project in the Star Trek novel "Immortal Coil": if he and Maddox can create a Soong-type android, Data won't be alone any more.
- When Blake Thorburn in Pact is on his last legs, out of options to complete the Impossible Task given to him by the Incarnation of Conquest in order to avoid becoming Conquest's slave, he makes it back to his apartment, where his Unwitting Muggle Friends Joel and Alexis have been waiting, having become increasingly concerned about his erratic behavior over the past few days. The two of them remind him that it's okay to be selfish, and he decides, instead of keeping his friends out of the supernatural for their own safety, to bring them in on the secret.
Live Action TV
- Little House on the Prairie: Season 8's "A Promise to Keep," featuring the return of Victor French to his role as Mr. Edwards, the Ingalls' friend, as a series regular. The episode itself focuses on Edwards' darkest hour: Edwards — already mourning the death of his son, John Jr., and having lost his family due to alcoholism — learns Grace has found a new boyfriend and plans to have her divorce petition finalized. Edwards snaps and tries to break into the Mercantile to steal all the whiskey and other alcoholic beverages the Olesens had in stock ... and then he sees the church. He trepidly walks in, kneels before the altar and begs God for guidance. Rev. Alden — a man who otherwise considers Edwards uncouth and irritating — walks in and comforts Edwards, and then reveals he himself is a recovering alcoholic, having lost his entire family due to an epidemic. The two kneel before the altar and pray some more to God ... and presumably talk about their shared circumstances (Edwards, early in the series, revealed his first wife and young daughter died due to typhoid when he was living in Kansas.)
- In The Red Green Show, there's always a segment where Red offers some (humorous) advice to his fellow middle-aged schmucks, always ending with the line "Remember, I'm pulling for you, we're all in this together."
- Doctor Who: These are Arc Words for Series 3 of the revived series. "You Are Not Alone" were the literal Last Words said to the Doctor by the Face of Boe, giving him hope that he wasn't the last Time Lord. He wasn't. Unfortunately, the other survivor turns out to be the Master, hiding as a human plot-conveniently named Professor Yana.
- Although this worked because the Doctor has a love/hate relationship with the Master, and even said once the Master was defeated, that while he was around the Doctor had something to live for. The real angst kicks in when the Master subsequently dies, meaning that the Doctor now really is the Last of His Kind.
- Not to mention, with Jenny out there, he really isn't alone.
- In the Fires Of Pompeii, the Doctor is forced to cause the destruction of Pompeii in order to save the rest of the world. Donna voluntarily shares the burden by helping him deliver the final blow.
- Sarah Jane's line at the end of Journey's End
Sarah Jane: You know, you act like such a lonely man, but look at you! You've got the biggest family on Earth!
- There's also the revelation that Amy and Rory's daughter Melody (who will grow up to be his future wife River Song) has Time Lord DNA.
- Speaking of whom, Amy invokes this trope in the opening of A Good Man Goes To War:
Amy: And wherever they take you, Melody, however scared you are, I promise you, you will never be alone. Because this man is your father. He has a name, but the people of our world know him better... as the last Centurion.
- Then there's the last episode of series 6. The Doctor's death has been set as a fixed point in time, making it unavoidable. The Doctor wanted to die quietly, forgotten by all except a handful of his closest friends. River is having none of this, and holds the very fabric of reality over the precipice to remind the Doctor of the trillions of lives he's touched:
- The Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe opens with an alien warship hovering over the Earth saying "People of Earth, you stand alone." Then it explodes. Guess who did that.
- A small thing, but these words are one of the lyrics of "Vale Decem", the song that the Ood sing to the Tenth Doctor as he regenerates.
- Star Trek is built on this concept:
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Pathfinder" the characters finally manage to restore contact with The Federation. The message Starfleet Command wishes to give? You Are Not Alone.
- Also used 2 seasons before in "Message in a Bottle", with massive amount of awww.
- In Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode "Loud As a Whisper", the telepathic, deaf, and mute Mediator's Chorus (a group of three who speak for him) are killed. He is highly upset and desperately trying to convey his frustration and distress to the crew, who can't understand him without words. Captain Picard grabs his hand, grips it against his chest and practically yells at him.
You are not alone! Do you understand? We - are all in this - together - now!
- And again in "The Bonding" where a small boy is being told about his mother's death, claiming that he's "all alone now, sir." The response from Picard, uncomfortable around most children at the best of times?
"On the Starship Enterprise, no one is alone."
- Consider an episode of Enterprise, when Archer and Reed are trying to remove a Romulan mine from the ship. Reed tells Archer that he feels he's too "close" and friendly with the crew. Archer responds that he had a CO who felt the same way, but Archer believes that he must maintain a closer bond with his crew, because this far from home, "all we have is each other."
- A DS9 example: Through financial shenanigans, Quark has ended up broke and forced to liquidate most of his assets. He's ruined and is forced to close the bar. Then the others start dropping by to leave spare furniture, drink...
- In Hogan's Heroes, Carter is taken off to a chemical warfare plant after a plan goes off the rails and the Germans wind up thinking he's a chemical warfare expert who wants to turn traitor, so the guys have to dress up in SS garb and masks to retrieve him in broad daylight. Before going, Hogan reminds the men that it'll be very dangerous and therefore the mission is strictly voluntary. The boys' answers?
Kinch: Let's go get Carter, Colonel.
Newkirk: Now, Colonel. Now.
LeBeau: Why are we standing here?
- Not the first time the guys have done something like this. Earlier in the series, fellow underground member Tiger is betrayed and captured by the Gestapo. Hogan immediately passes the news to London and is livid when the orders come back to not attempt a rescue and leave Tiger to be interrogated and executed. The others are initially hesitant to disobey an order, but Hogan absolutely refuses to leave her behind, and orders the men to start getting together the supplies he'll need to go to Paris where Tiger is being held and bust her out. The men protest he can't do it alone, but when he sarcastically responds that they've "just elected me Lone Ranger," there's a moments pause before Carter throws in with the Colonel by claiming to be his Tonto, followed by the rest.
Newkirk: (after agreeing to help Hogan) Who's the Lone Ranger? Never mind that, who's bloody Tonto?
- Firefly, from "Out of Gas".
Mal: (sitting on the medical bay bed, with the crew around him) Y'all gonna be here when I wake up?
Book: We'll be here.
- It makes for a nice contrast with an earlier scene, where he decides to stay behind on the dying ship and Inara tells him he doesn't have to die alone—and his opinion is that, regardless of circumstances, everyone dies alone. (The above line comes after the crew demonstrate what they think of this by turning their lifeboats around and coming back to what they think is a dead ship, to rejoin Mal.)
- There's also the moment in the film when Book dies.
You can't order me around
, Mal. I'm not one of your crew. Mal: Yes you are
- A relatively unspoken variation: "Big Damn Heroes, sir!"
- Later, it very much is spoken:
Mal: You're part of my crew. Why are we still talking about this?
- Also the old war credo shared by Mal, Zoe, and Tracey in "The Message":
When you can't run, you walk. When you can't walk, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, you find somebody to carry you.
- In the pilot, when River is lying in bed and feeling Simon's face, and then murmurs that she didn't think he'd come for her - to which he replies "Well, you're a dummy." Contains all of this in a single unspoken package.
- The entire point of Daniel visiting Jack in the Stargate SG-1 episode Abyss.
- Not to mention his speech to an amnesiac Vala at the end of Memento Mori.
- On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy is being haunted by the spirit of the First Slayer who is trying to show her that the life of a slayer is marked by its loneliness. She looks down at a tarot card in her hands that pictures Giles, Willow, and Xander, and replies: "I am not alone."
- Angel does it during "Expecting", when Angel discovered Cordelia very pregnant. "Hey...you're not alone."
- The West Wing has several examples, but one of the great ones is Leo's "guy in the hole" story to Josh, ending with, "Long as I got a job, you got a job, you understand?"
- The 100th episode of Criminal Minds is a real kick in the teeth for Aaron Hotchner: The Reaper kills his ex-wife, Haley, and goes after his young son Jack as well. But the team is there for Hotch no matter what - from Morgan pulling Hotch off Foyet's corpse to the entire team gathered around Jack in Hotch's office after he's just been cleared of any wrongdoing, they've got his back.
- There's also Lauren. Prentiss, self-isolating from the team for their protection, gets this message on her cell:
Garcia:Hey, it's me. Hotch asked me to try all your numbers, and I have this as an old listing and you probably don't even use it anymore, but if it is you and you're out there, come home, please. God, Emily, what did you think? That we would just let you walk out of our lives? I am so furious at you right now! But then I think about how scared you must be in some dark place all alone, but you're not alone, okay? You are not alone. We are in that dark place with you. We are waving flashlights and calling your name, so if you can see us, come home. But if you can't, then, then you stay alive because we're coming.
- On NCIS, after Ziva's father, the only living relative she had left, is gunned down, Tony tells her "Aht lo leh-vad" (Hebrew for "You are not alone").
- In the Burn Notice episode "Enemies Closer", Larry, Michael's old Evil Mentor, has been trying to turn him in part by sabotaging his cell phone to isolate him from his friends. He's finally succumbed to one of Larry's Breaking Speeches when his brother Nate shows up and complains about how it's been impossible to get hold of him lately. Realizing that his friends and family haven't abandoned him after all, Mike returns to fine form.
- This bit of dialogue from Gossip Girl:
Chuck: I spent eighteen years accepting the fact my mother was dead. It was misguided to let one of my father's girlfriends allow me to question that. To hope things may be different.
Blair: Your real mother would never turn her back on a chance to know you.
Chuck: I don't have a real mother Blair. I never will.
Blair: That doesn't mean you're alone. I love you Chuck. And I will always be your family.
- The reimagined Battlestar Galactica episode "Occupation" - the colonists on New Caprica, having suffered for four months under the boot of the Cylons thinking Adama and Apollo had jumped away and left them to their fates finally receive a message from a Raptor - "We will make contact with this frequency every twelve hours. Prepare sitrep for command authority. Have hope. We're coming for you." Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.
- In "Faith", a fatally injured Eight reaches out to Athena, who turns away. Instead Anders grabs her hand, telling her, "It's okay. I'm with you." She dies moments later.
- In the season six finale of Grey's Anatomy, Dr. Miranda Bailey tells this to Charles Percy as he dies from a gunshot wound. Bailey and a patient that helps her hold his hand until the very end.
- In episode 47 of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, main character Takeru, who turns out to be a Body Double for the true current head of his "family's" clan, is lead to believe that his life up to now was worthless, and is nearly tricked into falling into darkness by his season-long archrival. Only the appearance of his teammates, who both help defeat the archrival for good and reaffirm their dedication and friendship to him instead of to the clan head who replaced him, keep him from falling. The scene ends with him breaking down in tears amidst his friends' support.
- Two examples from Mahou Sentai Magiranger; in episode 13 the siblings come together to help Urara realize that she can rely on them and not just see them as children, and in the final episode it is Kai who receives the support of his family when N Ma has killed their father and brother-in-law, assuring him that he'll be able to pull through where they failed.
- A good example is from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters during episode 20, when Filmroid shows illusions, Hiromu is stuck in one of being re-united with his parents. Yoko then tells him he shouldn't hide his loneliness since the team is there for him.
- Inverted in Blackadder II episode "Money". At the end of the episode, when Edmund Blackadder is convinced that any attempts to raise the money to pay the Bishop of Bath and Wells or to run away from him are doomed to fail and that he's going to be brutally killed, he asks Baldrick if people would remember him if he dies. Instead of trying to comfort him, Baldrick honestly admits that Edmund is hated and mocked by everyone... but instead of breaking Edmund completely, this enrages him and makes him come up with a new plan to save his life, out of pure spite.
Edmund: Bloody cheek! I'll show them!
- From one of the original LazyTown plays, the song Ég á Góđan Vin (I Have A Good Friend) song fits this trope to a tee.
"You are never alone / Even though someone tossed you aside.
You are never alone / Because you have me."
- Ladies & gentlemen, Friends.
I'll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.
I'll be there for you, like I've been there before.
I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too.
- Also played word for word when Chandler freaks out his friends will find people and he'll die old and alone. Monica tells him straight up that's not going to happen. (And of course it doesn't...because he does finds someone...her).
- In Kamen Rider OOO, Eiji is left to fight Dr. Maki all alone with the fate of the world on the line after Ankh performs a Heroic Sacrifice to allow him to utilize TaJaDor Combo using the Core Medal that contains his existence, killing himself in the process. As Eiji begins to fight, Ankh's spirit manifests and hits Maki in the face before giving Eiji a smile, letting him know that he's far from alone. After killing Maki and saving the world, Eiji is left powerless and plummeting from several thousand feet in the air...only for his friends to rush to his aid and Eiji realizes this trope was true all alone.
- In The Vampire Diaries Jeremy promises Anna that she won't be alone, because once the current spell that gives ghosts physical presence ends, he'll be the only person who can see her, and only that when he wants to.
- In Supernatural's season five finale, when Sam has been taken over by Lucifer, Dean tells him it's okay, he's there. Dean's presence enables Sam to throw himself into hell's solitary confinement to trap Lucifer.
- In "I Know What You Did Last Summer" demon Ruby says this to Sam before making out with him, and in the very next episode Fallen Angel Anna says this to Dean before making out with him.
- After Provenza's breakup with his fiance in 'The Closer', he lamented that he's old and alone. His police partner Flynn pointed out that while he is old, he's not alone.
- In Person of Interest John gives this to Carter despite the fact she is trying to arrest him.
- A recurring theme on Community, where the study group of Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits act like a family to each other. Hell, see the page quote for True Companions:
Jeff: As long as you have friends, you have a family.
- Likewise a major theme of Babylon 5. The Opening Narration in each of the first two seasons emphasises that the station is all alone in the night, but given the arc of the series, which begins with each of the alien cultures isolated and ends with the majority of them forming a new political alliance whose origins and nucleus are on the station, it's a strong candidate for the Most Triumphant Example of this trope.
- This is said verbatim by G'Kar to Delenn, after he and Londo get the other alien governments to vote unanimously to provide military support and warships to Sheridan's fleet, in order to aid him in overthrowing Earth's tyrannical President Clark, out of gratitude for what he did for them during the Shadow War.
- Happens in Merlin quite a bit, especially when Arthur wants to head off to rescue someone or complete some task on his own, only to have Merlin, Gwen, Morgana (in the early days), or his knights remind him that he doesn't have to do everything alone.
- Invoked in the Castle episode "In the Belly of the Beast" when Beckett was recovering from being tortured and nearly killed by Vulcan Simmons:
: See what happens when I leave you alone? Beckett
: Babe, I wasn't alone. When they were interrogating me, the only thing that kept me going was thinking about you, about our future, the wedding. You were with me the whole time
- Felicity gives one of these to Oliver in "Streets of Fire," the penultimate episode of season two of Arrow:
Oliver: I have failed this city. Yao-Fei, Shado, Tommy, my father, my mother. All that I have ever wanted to do is honor those people.
Felicity: You honor the dead by fighting. And you are not done fighting! Malcolm Merlyn, the Count, the Clock King, the triad, everyone who has tried to hurt this city, you stopped them! And you will stop Slade.
Oliver: I don't know how.
Felicity: Neither do I, but I do know two things: you are not alone, and I believe in you.
- Happens in the very first episode of Xena: Warrior Princess. A repentant Xena is trying to perform a Heel-Face Turn and make amends for her violent and bloody past, but due to her reputation, with the sole exception of Gabrielle no one seems willing to give her a second chance no matter what she does, and even her own mother rejects her. Eventually Xena goes to visit the tomb of her dead brother Lyceus.
Xena: Since you've been gone I kind of lost my way, now I've found it. I thought I could start over....but no, they don't trust me. Not even mother. I can't blame her, she can't see into my heart but I've got to believe that you can, and I wish you were here....it's hard to be alone.."
Gabrielle: (quietly, standing in the doorway)You're not alone.."
- "Magenta" by nano.
- Embrace - You're Not Alone among many, many others.
- Tokio Hotel - By Your Side
- "You're Not Alone" by Saosin.
- Everybody Hurts, R.E.M.
If you feel like you're alone / No, no, no, you're not alone.
- Two songs, both named "You're Not Alone", from Final Fantasy IX
- You Are Not Alone by Eagles
- Mumford & Sons' Timshel ("And you are not alone in this / As brothers we'll stand and we'll hold your hand")
- Although there's a partial subversion in the final line: "But I can't move the mountains for you."
- "Roll With the Changes" by REO Speedwagon.
- Parts of "We Are Young" by fun.:
So if by the time/The bar closes/And you feel like falling down,/I'll carry you home/Tonight...
- Two Steps Behind by Def Leppard qualifies.
- You Find Out Who Your Friends Are is this trope in every way but the exact words. The video makes it even better.
- Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.
I'm on your side / When times get rough...
- Rock and Roll Suicide by David Bowie is an extremely emotional song, starting slow and melancholic, then breaking out into beautiful passion as he cries out, "Oh, no, love, you're not alone!"
- "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" by Josh Groban.
- Avril Lavigne's Keep Holding On. The whole song really, but the opening lines say it directly.
- Roger & Hammerstein's You'll Never Walk Alone. Not just You are Not Alone, but both Heartwarming and Awesome Music.
- A Better Place, A Better Time by Streetlight Manifesto.
"I know that you think that you're on your own
But just know that I'm here
And I'll lead you home
If you let me."
- Nickelback brings us Never Gonna Be Alone
You're never gonna be alone
From this moment on.
If you ever feel like letting go
I won't let you fall.
- Michael Jackson's/R. Kelly's "You Are Not Alone" is about being with someone in an emotional sense if not a physical one.
- "By Your Side" by Tenth Avenue North.
- Savage Garden's "Crash and Burn."
"If you need someone to call
If you jump I'll break your fall
If you need to crash
Then crash and burn, you're not alone."
- A running theme of Brave Saint Saturn's music; the phrase "You are not alone" shows up in the liner notes of the first album.
- A few years later, at the parent band Five Iron Frenzy's final concert, Reese chanted those same words over the bridge of the last song they ever played together. "You are not alone, you are not alone, you are never alone."
- The song "Never Alone" from Fame. Beautiful and uplifting.
- "No One Is Alone" from Into the Woods
- Eminem's "Not Afraid". Just listen to the lyrics by the end!
Everybody, everybody, come take my hand
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Just lettin' you know
You're not alone
- Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush (and a whole lot of other people who've done a cover of it since).
"Don't give up, 'cause you still have friends" and "When times get rough, you can fall back on us."
- Not Alone by Linkin Park
- Lady Gaga's Dance in the Dark has this at parts of it.
You will never fall apart.
Diana, you're still in our hearts
Never let you fall apart
Together we'll dance in the dark.
- This trope is featured in "Like You" by Evanescence
You're not alone
No matter what they told you
You're not alone
I'll be right beside you forevermore.
- 'Aftermath', by Adam Lambert is very much this trope.
- That's What Friends Are For
Whoa, and then for the times when we're apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
These words are comin' from my heart
And then if you can remember, oh
Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
Oh, that's what friends are for
- "I will Carry You" by Clay Aiken. "You should know now that you're not alone. Take my heart and you will find, we will find, a way home."
- Hide In Your Shell is a great example of this trope.
If I can help you, if I can help you,
If I can help you, just let me know.
- The line "Believe in me as I believe in you" from The Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight," already a generally uplifting song, can be interpreted as this.
- The Corrs song "At Your Side"
I'll be at your side
There's no need to worry
Together, we'll survive
Through the haste & hurry
- The voice within, by Christina Aguilera.
Young girl, don’t cry, I’ll be right here when your world starts to fall.
- Toy Story's "You've Got A Friend In Me":
When the road looks rough ahead, and you're miles and miles from your nice warm bed...You just remember what your old pal said: Boy, you've got a friend in me.
- Paul McCartney's "Always Somebody Who Cares"
- Second album by Breaking Benjamin is titled "We Are Not Alone"
- "Not Alone" by Darren Criss, from A Very Potter Musical:
Baby, you're not alone, 'cause you're here with me
And nothing's ever gonna bring us down, 'cause nothing can keep me from loving you
And you know it's true
It don't matter what'll come to be—our love is all we need to make it through.
- There are a lot of songs titled "Hitori Ja Nai" (which is the article title in Japanese) in JPop. With various flavors, too.
- Für Immer by the German band Unheilig:
Weinst Du auch, wenn Deine Welt zerbricht? Weinst Du? Ich weine mit! Brauchst Du mich, wenn Du am Abgrund stehst? Springst Du? Ich halte Dich!
Translates to: Do you cry when your world breaks apart? Do you cry? I cry with you! Do you need me when you're in front of the abyss? do you jump? I hold you!
- "Valkyrie Missile" by Angels & Airwaves.
If you're here and you're all alone tonight
Then I'll give you a free ride
Take a chance 'cause I know you want to
If only you'll hold on, just hold on
I'm here and I'm with you
I'm here too, I feel you
We'll get through
I know this, I've seen it
A hundred times, a thousand times
Just one more time with you and I
I'll pull you close...
And then we'll say goodbye.
- "Carolyn" by Black Veil Brides
You're not alone
And we'll brave this storm.
- "Stranger Things Have Happened" by Foo Fighters.
- Dare ka ga Kimi wo Aishiteru by Takayuki Miyauchi.
Dare ka ga kimi wo, aishiteru / Dare ka ga kimi wo, shinjiteru / Dare ka ga kimi wo, motometeru / Doko ka de, doko ka de
Somebody out there loves you / Somebody out there believes in you / Somebody out there is looking for you / Somewhere, somewhere
- "Whispers in the Dark" by Skillet:
No, you'll never be alone
When darkness comes
I'll light the night with stars
Hear my whispers in the dark
No, you'll never be alone
When darkness comes
You know I'm never far
Hear my whispers in the dark
When my faith is getting weak
And I feel like giving in
You breathe into me again
- "Message in a Bottle" by The Police tells the story of a castaway who sends out an S.O.S. in a bottle, and waits for a year with no reply. Then...
Woke up this morning, don't believe what I saw:
Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore.
Seems I'm not alone in being alone,
Hundred billion castaways looking for a home.
- Ostensibly, it's just about a castaway...but considering who came up with the song, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that the hidden message is You Are Not Alone.
- "Run With Us" by Lisa Lougheed, the theme song for The Raccoons.
If a desperate love,
Keeps on driving you wrong,
Don't be afraid,
You're not alone.
- "Yubiwa" by Maaya Sakamoto, which was used for the Escaflowne Big Damn Movie;
- Lady Antebellum and Jim Brickman give us Never Alone
When hard times have found you
And your fears surround you
Wrap my love around you
You're never alone
- I'll Stand By You from Pretenders
When the night falls on you
You don't know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less
I'll stand by you
- Lean On Me, by Bill Withers
- "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" by Kenny Loggins, used for The Tigger Movie.
- My Dearest; by supercell, used as the opening for the Guilty Crown Anime, the song is about someone who realizes they are not alone and then does everything they can for that person, lyrics found here.
- Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms as the name would suggest;
- Pink Floyd's "Outside The Wall" from The Wall, where the wall represents the emotional barrier many have built sealing themselves off from the world.
All alone, or in twos,
The ones who really love you
Walk up and down outside the wall.
Some hand in hand
and some gathered together in bands
the bleeding hearts and artists make their stand.
- Seal's "Don't Cry", whose chorus says it best:
You're not alone.
Don't cry tonight,
You'll always be loved.
Don't cry tonight,
- "Not Alone" by All That Remains. Though it's more "I am not alone" than "you are not alone", it's a similar sentiment. (Also ambiguous is whether it's referring to a woman or to a God.)
I'm not alone
With the touch of your hand
I am whole again
- Brandon Heath's "It's No Good To Be Alone"
- Pearl Jam's "Present Tense":
You can spend your time alone, re-digesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You're the only one who can't forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense, to live in the present tense
- "Lullaby" by Nickelback is full of this trope, calling out to the listener that no matter where they are, there is someone who wants them to make it through.
- "Somebody for Me", as well, though the sentiment is more romantic than most examples.
- Second Person's "Paper Umbrella" is about someone desperately trying to convince their friend that they are not alone in their suffering. Lyrics can be interprerted for nearly any situation - mourning the loss of a loved one, divorce, a parent consoling a child, or even a child consoling a parent.
- Stick To Your Guns, a hardcore band, brings us Amber, a song about a girl who thinks nobody cares about her. The lyrics speak to the listener at some point, as well.
She screams "oh"/I've had enough please make this go/The sea is rough and I'm drowning slow/The mind-numbing pain has her lost in the undertow/But braves her storm/You're not alone
- "Not Alone" by Red. Pretty much the same sort of thing as many of the songs already here.
- "The Unwinding Cable Car" and "Hello Alone" by Anberlin. The latter is an aversion until the last line of the song, though.
- Death Cab for Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into The Dark":
If Heaven and Hell decide
They both are satisfied
Illuminate the 'no's on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark.
- "Unity" by Shinedown
Put your hands in the air if you hear me out there
I've been searching for you day and night
Shine a light in the dark, let me see where you are
'Cause I'm not gonna leave you behind.
If I told you that you're not alone
And I showed you this is where you belong
Put your hands in the air
One more time.
- Garbage has at least one song with this title. What's really heartwarming is that it was the last song on the track, which the band typically reserves for their most depressing songs.
- Legend of the Five Rings gives us this exchange when the Water Dragon offers Yoritomo to take his twenty strongest samurai to Volturnum, most likely to face certain death
Yoritomo turned to the Dragon, lifting his kamas from their sheaths. "I am my twenty strongest samurai!" he roared. "Take me, and I shall show you how the Son of Storms faces death!"
The Dragon rolled through sea foam and salt tears, prepared to work its magic, when another voice echoed from beside the Mantis general. Aramasu, Bayushi no more, stood at his father's side.
"And I am twenty-one."
- The Eldar from Warhammer 40,000 benefit from this. The souls of their dead ancestors are saved from crossing over into hell by catching them inside soulstones, which are used to amplify the psychic poweAt Your Siders of their descendents. Given that every hour they live is their darkest hour, this example qualifies.
"You are our children. Dead though we are, we shall not abandon you"
- This is also one of the central points of the Imperium's faith, that in a vast and merciless universe filled with eldritch abominations and untold cosmic horrors, where everything seems to hate humans, the Emperor watches over mankind and protects His servants, and a human, any human, as long as he or she believes in Him on Terra, will have something worth fighting for and have Him as Father, Guardian and God.
"There is only the Emperor, and he is our Shield and Protector."
- Are you tired of Terran mon-keigh rolling through your sovereign space and committing genocide on your people? Are you tired of filthy Chaos-spawns raping your friends and families? Fear not, the Tau Imperium is here! Together we'll fight for the Greater Good!
- In Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods, the last song contains the lyrics; "you are not alone, believe me, no one is alone".
- The song the lyric is from before being reprised in the finale: No One is Alone.
- Also the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel includes the song You'll Never Walk Alone.
- At the climax of The Phantom of the Opera, Christine offers the Phantom compassion, sings that he's not alone, and kisses him thoroughly. She leaves with Raoul anyway, and he presumably dies alone after all.
- Alone literally, perhaps, but not so much metaphorically.
'''Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life have you known? May God grant me the courage to show you that You Are Not Alone
- The Wicked musical has this theme running as subtext throughout, most obviously in "For Good".
- Becomes a Funny Moment in Spamalot in "I'm All Alone" when Arthur sings about how alone he is while Patsy sings about how he's not alone.
Arthur: But I'm alone.
Patsy: Oh no, you're not.
Arthur: So all alone.
Patsy: I'M HERE, YOU TWAT.
- This is also a major theme in Children of Eden.
- "Not Alone" from A Very Potter Musical and its reprise at the very end of the show. The first time, it's Ginny singing to Harry (which becomes a four part harmony when Ron and Hermione show up) before destroying the sixth Horcrux. The second time is when Quirrell and Voldemort reunite in Azkaban.
- Seussical: Both Horton and JoJo are feeling ostracized and lonely near the beginning of the show, then they manage to talk to each other and finally find the friend they've been looking for:
Horton: You called my name and you set me free. One small voice in the universe...
JoJo: One true friend in the universe...
Both: Who believes in me.
- The finale of Songs For A New World is "Hear My Song". The plot of the musical is rightfully sketchy at best, dipping in between time lines as we visit immigrants, wives left behind by soldiers in the Civil War of 1775, a woman who left her life to marry Santa Claus and a man who is the "steam train" of professional basketball. The end song is the most simple. It is the two main females singing to their children, about how they might be scared of what's happened and is going to happen, but they should just "trust in mama's singing, and the gift tomorrow's bringing. Trust it. Don't ask why." Unbelievably heartwarming as they remind them that they're not alone.
- At the end of Next To Normal the usually (and understandably) moody Natalie returns home to her father sitting in the dark and crying after he has just come to term with the death of his son and has been left by his wife. She asks if it's just them both now, and he simply says "yes". She proceeds to turn on the lights and tell him "we need some light. First of all, we need some light." We then see them all adjusting to a better life together (at last) after everything has passed.
- Diana singing to Natalie in "Maybe (Next to Normal)" could stand for this, too. It works, and they say that they'll "be fine." Even if Diana does eventually leave them to go and live with her own parents for a while.
- In Duncan Shiek's adaptation of Spring Awakening, Melchior discovered Wendla's grave (who had died from a botched abortion while Melchior was at reform school, because he got her pregnant and was framed for his best friend Moritz's suicide) and decides his life is no longer worth living. He is visited by Wendla and Moritz, and all three sing "Those You've Known." Melchior ends the musical with renewed hope, since his loved ones are not as far as he once thought.
- This is a much more upbeat ending than Wedekind's original play where Mortiz's ghost attempts to convince Melchior that death is better than his miserable life (subverting this trope). Melchior is rescued by The Masked Man (Wedekind's self-insert), who gives him hope for the future and chides the ghost.
- "And when you're dying in America, at the end of the millennium/You're not alone..."
- The main schtick of the Warrior of Sunlight and Heirs of The Sun covenants in Dark Souls and Dark Souls II, respectively. They are the covenants that specifically focus on assisting others in PvE gameplay. Before a boss gate, it's much more likely to see soul signs of those covenants than any other, waiting to be summoned to help out any who ask. Jolly cooperation indeed!
- Final Fantasy breathes this.
- Monster Hunter Freedom Unite had a tagline of "In the world of Monster Hunter, you are never alone." Which should be true as trying to solo some of the Harder Than Hard G-Rank quests can result in repeated death with High Rank armor and weaponry. Doesn't really help that the entry G-Rank quest just pits you against two Joke Characters with rather bad weapons and armor...
- In Grandia, Guido snaps Justin from his Heroic BSOD by gathering all the past party members to encourage him.
- In American McGee's Alice, the Gryphon joins Alice in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming that encourages her with almost this trope's exact words ("You won't fight alone. Permit me to serve as your commander."). For the first time since the beginning of the game, she has someone she can depend on (other than Cheshire, who can only be depended on for enigmatic sayings).
- Sort-of kind-of inverted in the endgame of Baldur's Gate II. If you have Aerie in your party when you confront the Big Bad, then the usually timid White Mage will taunt him over how the protagonist isn't alone, while Irenicus most certainly is.
: I came to hell to help my friend! Who helps you, Irenicus? Demons? You're going to die alone
and you know it!
- BioWare just likes this trope. The 'you are not alone' speech is the primary method of convincing both Aribeth and Bastila to come back from the Dark Side.
- Your True Companion uses it on the Player Character in KOTOR and Jade Empire. In Knights of the Old Republic all the crew, save Carth, rally around you after The Reveal (Juhani's lines were cut, but they were Heartwarming Moments). Carth comes around later, and in a big way if you play female. And at the Rakatan Temple, Jolee and Juhani step up, insisting that you will not be alone when you face your destiny.
- In Jade Empire, it's only there on the Open Palm, but Sun Li knocks out your party and traps you in a Soul Jar with demons of fear and doubt. You call on your party members' spirits to help, and they gladly battle the demons. Even Sagacious Zu, who made a Heroic Sacrifice of his life comes back and uses the last of himself to break you all free. Sun Li is left scraping his jaw off the floor.
- Another BioWare one: During Tali'Zorah's loyalty mission in Mass Effect 2, Shepard and Tali have returned to the Migrant Fleet so that Tali can defend herself against the charge of treason. During the trial, the admiralty board, who have clearly already decided that Tali is guilty, inform her that geth have taken over one of their ships, killing everyone aboard including Tali's father. Shepard and Tali volunteer to try to take back the ship. On the ship, Tali finds her father's body and finally breaks down. The game gives you the option to give her a hug.
- Paragon Shepards can give a rousing speech in her defense at the end of which one of the admirals thanks Shepard for standing in defense of one of their people. Shepard responds, "With all due respect, Admiral, I didn't represent one of your people. I represented one of mine."
- After the trial where Shepard's speech saved her father's reputation and kept her from exile, she says
:I can't believe you pulled that off. What you said...I've never had anyone speak like that on my behalf. Thank you for being there for my father and me...even when...thank you. Shepard
: Tali, about what your father said...what he did...you deserve better. Tali
: I got better, Shepard. I got you.
- A bit of Mood Whiplash in that scene occurs if you pick the option that leads to Tali commenting how fun it is to watch Shepard yell.
- An even more literal example occurs if Kal'Reegar survived on Haestrom and Veetor wasn't given to Cerberus. If both of them are present, you can take the option "Rally the Crowd" - at which point they both come forward and call the Admiralty Board on their crap, and Kal'Reegar even demands that if they exile Tali, they'll have to exile him as well. And to crown the moment - Kal'Reegar will call the Admiralty Board "assholes" in front of the crowd as a result.
- In the Synthesis ending, the narrator observes that thanks to Shepard's actions, this is now the case for them:
EDI: Because of him/her... I am alive, and I am not alone.
- Fallout: New Vegas has a fair number, including several you can use on companions.
- If you're a good person, this is what the Dead Money DLC is all about.
- Lonesome Road is made of this trope: If you're not talking to ED-E about his travels and reassuring him that you'll take care of him, you can see Ulysses watching you from far away, or talking through ED-E about your common destiny. While he does talk about your connection in terms of nuclear annihilation he still recalls the communities you both have traveled to, and how he has been walking the same path as you the whole time. In fact, while the DLC is called "Lonesome Road" the "Lonesome" refers to how you got there, not how you're going forward. Regardless of how you process, there will always be someone there.
- In Valkyria Chronicles, most characters have a list of other characters they get on particularly well with. If a character launches an attack with one of their friends nearby, the friend will sometimes provide covering fire while saying a unique piece of dialogue along the lines of "You're not alone."
- Possibly one of the darkest instances of this trope: in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, in the True Demon Ending, Lucifer has given you the power to challenge God's genocidal plan to destroy and rebuild billions of parallel worlds. He warns you, though, that God will curse you... but he will never, ever, abandon you. And, as other games confirm, this is his stance for the whole of Humanity.
- One of the ending sequences to Star Fox 64 has the main character's father do this from beyond the grave to show his son the only safe way to escape from the Big Bad's Taking You with Me Collapsing Lair.
James McCloud: Don't ever give up, my son.
Fox McCloud: Father?
- Really, a lot of this goes on in Star Fox. In Star Fox Adventures, Fox is saved and assisted in fighting Andross when Falco returns just in time.
- In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Soma gets a telepathic pep talk from the whole supporting cast before going into The Very Definitely Final Dungeon. For bonus points, the music that plays during said talk is actually called "You're Not Alone".
- The good ending of Disgaea 2. Adell gives Rozalin this assurance, after she claims to be "a being of solitude", and that she can trust nobody, her memories of her painfully lonesome life as Overlord Zenon having returned to her.
- Ignitus to Spyro at the ending of The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night.
- After Ignitus' Heroic Sacrifice and himself being pulled back from being Dark Spyro , Spyro is feeling lost and alone after his mentor and father figure's death...until Cynder tells him he's never alone and gives him a nuzzle...aww.
- An example that crosses over with Worth Living For near the end when Cynder breaks Malefor's hold on her through sheer willpower to bolster Spyro's spirits. "There's always something to fight for..."
- In Oni, if Konoko chooses not to kill Griffin, she fights Muro and cronies in the final battle, as he berates her for coming alone against him. Cue Griffin and a pair of TCTF Black Ops helicoptering in. "She isn't alone!"
- In the Ending Theme Tune of The World Ends with You, (called Lullaby for You, by Jyongri) these words are used . (In the Japanese Version, it's 'Hitori janai.')
A lullaby for you...
Don't you worry baby,
I'll be there by your side.
Make tomorrow be wonderful, too.
Close to you I hope to stay,
Endlessly from today,
Even through cloudy days,
You are not alone.
- Ōkami's ending had elements of this mixed with the Clap Your Hands If You Believe.
- Kingdom Hearts naturally has one, being a game based on the power of friendship and such. Sora's keyblade is taken from him by Riku and Donald Duck and Goofy leave him (as they had orders to follow the keyblade). Later, he catches up to them and when Riku attacks Sora, Goofy blocks the attack followed by Donald joining him and stating "Well, you know: all for one and one for all." Cue Sora's speech about not needing the keyblade, since his friends are his power. (After which the keyblade immediately reappears in his hand).
- Mickey says this to Riku during Chain of Memories while the latter is worrying about being consumed by his inner darkness.
- At the end of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Bowser, while facing off against Dark Bowser and barely keeping his footing with the hurricane in the background, gets this from Starlow, who tells him that Mario and Luigi have been inside of them this whole time and that they've got his back the entire way. While Bowser can't hear any of this due to the hurricane, Starlow yells at him not to forget that his archenemies are helping him to the end.
- In the ending of both Persona 3 and 4, the Main Characters are empowered by the Social Links he's made throughout the game, with the characters he's formed the strongest bonds with cheering him on and encouraging him to fight, ultimately granting them an Eleventh Hour Superpower.
- Especially evident in the ending of Persona 3, where the Protagonist faces Nyx, Goddess of Death by him/herself. As Nyx continues hammering the Protagonist with attacks that he/she barely withstand, the members of SEES cheers him/her on and empower the Protagonist through The Power of Friendship
- Persona 2: Innocent Sin eventually becomes very evidently about this for the protagonist, Tatsuya. For much of the early game he seems an aloof "lone wolf" type thrown in by circumstance with his rival from another school, a girl who has a crush on him, and a reporter and her partner looking for a scoop. As the backstory unfolds, it's clear that Tatsuya is an emotionally-scarred loner who already lost his closest friends as a child and is reluctant to get involved with anyone or anything. But now they're finding each other again... just in time to be viciously subverted by the ending, leaving him scarred even worse for the sequel, Eternal Punishment.
- Wild ARMs 2 has a variant, in that it's a self-induced epiphany... at first. A recurring theme states that heroes exist only to sacrifice themselves so that the weak don't have to fight. After the resolution of the main plot drives this point home, the protagonist's depression allows his Enemy Within to take over, trapping him inside of his own soul. However, in order to prevent what just happened to Irving from happening again, he calls out to the hearts of his companions to give him the power to draw the Sword of Plot Advancement. Not only do they respond, so does the entire population of Filgaia, whose prayers and desire to help protect their own world fuels the hero's new Combined Energy Attack. The ensuing Final Duel Boss fight is set to an orchestration of the game's theme song, titled "You'll Never Be Alone No Matter Where You Go".
- Phantasy Star Online 's Tag Line: "You are not the only hero."
- EarthBound. Paula's prayers cause the world and the player to aid the heroes in the final fight, making it one of the best examples of this trope.
- Mother 3 also made it into this trope quite well. The final fight is Lucas alone facing the Masked Man, who turned out to be his twin brother Claus. Knowing the truth, Lucas cannot bring himself to fight. note However, Lucas soon realizes that he is not alone (despite the rest of the party being knocked out by the Masked Man), for his father (Flint) and deceased mother (Hinawa) are all by his side the entire time. Makes it a very emotional fight.
- Done a couple times in Resonance of Fate.
- Once where Leanne tries to sneak off to break into a heavily guarded facility on her own to try and see her old mentor/foster father, who she's not even sure is alive. Her boys intercept her half-way there, causally asking if she 'needs to hire some hunters?' and taking turns listing off everything they've done together up to that point as a 'resume' of sorts. They won't take no for an answer, and it turns into a very heartwarming moment indeed.
- And again when Zephyr and Vashyron try to keep Leanne in the dark regarding some fairly important points of her own life, thinking they're protecting her. She catches them out and scolds them rather sternly, telling them she's one of them now and an adult on top of it. At the same time, Zephyr finally comes close to his very own breaking point that he's been rapidly progressing towards since Lagerfield. After discovering the truth behind a lot of what's going on, he blows up at how calm the other two are. He admits he's frightened and insists the other two are frightened, too, no matter what they say, ending with- "I can't- I don't... want it to end like this." Leanne gently takes his hand and his gun, tells him nothing is ending, and telling them that they both have changed how she lives and thinks, and that she's going to get her answers. It's subtle and quick, but with the little touches- including a brotherly clasp to her shoulder from Vashyron, who until that point has notably refrained from such gestures unless they're playful- it's a touching little moment of solidarity and self-made family.
- Dragon Age II actually has this a couple times, depending on how you play Hawke/what responses you pick, particularly after Fenris's personal quest is completed.
- A good example is the dialogue between a Mage Hawke and Feynriel, a young half-elven apostate.
Feynriel: Why do you even care? You don't even know me!
*Hawke creates a blinding ball of light in one hand*
Hawke: *gently* I am you...
- Case 5 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has this happen to Edgeworth after Damon Gant is finally convicted. He's worried he'll jump off the slippery slope like the killer did - until Lana points out that he's not in danger of this, because the killer was all alone, and Edgeworth has Phoenix on his side. You can then present Edgeworth with evidence (specifically, the two halves of the falsified evidence list, one which was found by Phoenix and the other which was in Edgeworth's possession) to prove it.
- Super Robot Wars W manages to turn the Tekkaman Blade finale into one of these: Blade, who has lost all of his memories except how much he hates the Radam beasts and just had his Evil Twin brother Shin'ya die in a Heroic Sacrifice, goes off alone to fight Big Bad Tekkaman Omega, actually his older brother Keigo, much like in the show. After two turns of facing off hordes of Radam beasts with no music except the sound effects, Ruri appears saying the Trope Namer alongside the rest of the playable crew, who then call out to Blade and get him to snap out of his rage. Then the whole team crushes together Omega and the Radam beasts.
- In Phantom Brave, the alternate campaign Another Marona has the entire cast pull this on Carona, who up until then had never had anyone to rely on.
- Tales of the Abyss has this with Guy to Luke, other than a brief stint after the first plot point.
Guy: "Even if the whole world rejected you, I'd still be here, by your side."
- During the already pretty darn epic "Cypher of Damnation" questline in the Burning Crusade expansion of World of Warcraft, during the final Big Bad fight some of the characters the player interacted with during the quest, including one who's *dead,* show up to help, with the head of the group shouting so loud the whole zone can hear it, "You do not fight alone!" Although the Big Bad turns out to be an intelligent and evil MOUNTAIN, as it *also* turns out, one of them's a tank, and one of them's a healer, and they're all elite, so the player is suddenly fighting with a self-contained unit which can royally kick the Big Bad's ass if played intelligently.
- One of the themes of Katawa Shoujo, as shown in the promotion material:
- Hanako◊ especially struggles with this.
- Ico has Ico and Yorda, despite being unable to talk, convey this message to each other with nothing more than an outstretched hand and a smile.
- BioShock 2: Zig-Zagged disturbingly. Along with being constantly reminded that "Big Sister Is Watching You", Sofia Lamb constantly reminds the citizens of Rapture that "[They] are not alone". In other words, neither she nor the Rapture family will ever abandon them, and if they ever turn against the Family she will know.
- Spec Ops: The Line has the parting words of Konrad be a reminder to Walker that despite everything that has transpired in the story he still has a home to go back to. Walker and Konrad had previously served together in Afghanistan and Konrad was of the cynical opinion that soldiers could never go back home, they had a line they had to cross where they would ultimately die bitterly on the battlefield. Konrad urging Walker to go home is asking him to prove him wrong.
Konrad: No matter what happens next, don't be too hard on yourself. Even now, after all you've done, you can still go home. Lucky you.
- While any MMORPG guild should be an example of this and/or True Companions, DC Universe Online's league Patriotic Heroes is built on the idea. Founded by two IRL friends, the league's main message is "no hero left behind," most of the members are recruited after helping or being helped by a current member, and they are always happy (or at least willing) to help each other with a difficult mission or gear hunt.
- At the end of Kud's route in Little Busters!, she's been separated from her friends and boyfriend on an island under civil war, her parents are dead, and she's become resigned to her fate as she is chained up as a human sacrifice...until Riki, through the power of their connection and the ritual they went through earlier, is able to communicate with her. At first Kud believes she's hallucinating his voice, but she's still so relieved to hear him, and when she realises he really is talking to her, he manages to convince her to keep fighting and try to escape her death.
- Also, in both the anime and visual novel, there's an example near the end of Refrain where Rin runs around the school remembering being with her friends and then meets up with Komari on the rooftop, but the anime adds two more implied examples: after Kyousuke says goodbye to Riki and prepares to die, he sees the other girls and guys in the classroom with him as they disappear. And later, after they have died and Riki is struggling to cope, he's able to pick himself up again and fight against this reality when he remembers all of his friends and how much he wants to see them again.
- Minecraft's ending basically exists to say that the "true creators" of Minecraft are existent, you can see their thoughts, and they tell you that you did well and they love you. Heartwarming.
- In his second year as Batman, Bruce Wayne's been in a fight for his life all Christmas Eve. After fighting through several assassins, corrupt police and petty criminals, he returns home only to discover that Bane has figured out his identity and attacked the Batcave, and Alfred is injured. More piles down on him when he finds out that criminals led by Bane and the Joker have taken over a prison. Bruce then gives up, only for Alfred to drive home a point that he has been making all night: he can't fight the war on crime alone, and has plenty of willing allies to fight alongside him. This leads to Bruce donning the cowl once again to go kick a very large amount of ass.
- Killroy And Tina: Tina's mom, to Tina, after a long day.
- From a short webcomic done by the artist Rohein (here and on the next page), where the mother finally gets fed up with a child who won't talk about their gender identity issues:
Terry: Dammit, I just want to help!
Emily: You CAN'T help! You don't understand! Leave me alone...
Terry: I've had it with this attitude, young lady! You're not going to school today! We're going shopping, and I'm going to stand with you in the women's section so it looks like we're there for me! You're going to pick out anything you like, and I'm going to buy it for you! And you're going to appreciate it, because goddamnit I'm TRYING!
- The Dreamland Chronicles Orion's pledge to Alex
- In Sluggy Freelance Torg shows up to spend Christmas with Zoe after she thought she had alienated all her friends.
- Lexx of Alien Dice has to be reminded of this as well as Remember That You Trust Me every so often when he starts getting sulky. stated aloud by Riley here.
- The Water Phoenix King has had several of these, particularly Chapter 2's conclusion.
Anthem: I can't stay, Gilgam.
Gilgam: But I'm buying.
Anthem: I came here because I did something terrible. People died. I birthed a demon. Everyone should have died. But one did not.
Gilgam: That kid in the yellow cape, the one who saved the prince?
Anthem: I need to flee. East, maybe. I just need a bit of money. I'll cash out my—
Gilgam: You can't just run, Annie. Think: you're a priestess here. You healed Dosh. The local gods like you. That means you're safest here. And if someone starts trouble, I'll deal with him. You have my word. Besides, you still owe Thrale a knife in the ribs, right? So do I, for nearly dragging the humans into war. This is my home now.
- In El Goonish Shive there's one in the transgender birthday party arc. Justin is feeling awful because now that he is a girl he's got reminded that he can't be in a relationship with Elliot because he is gay while Elliot is not. He is even thinking about staying female because he thinks that way he wouldn't be alone. However Susan tells him that he is single, but not alone, because his TrueCompanions like him for who he is.
- Black and White need to remind each other of this from time to time, this reminder often takes the form of a hug
- Wapsi Square: Monica tells the golem girls that they have people who care about them.
- The Word Weary: Judging by one of the comments the author left in response to a fan who took the comic's themes of lonliness and alienation to heart, John Kossler views his entire comic as one reminder to people that he too feels alone and alienated but finds humor in his situation. YMMV on how effective he is at this.
- In Doodze, as encouragement to pick up the Magic Wand again.
- Shown in panels 9 and 10 here.
- In Sinfest,
- This page from Nerf NOW!!! Has the rest of the team showing up to help Pyro in his quest to rescue the engineer, after repeated failures (possibly also qualifying Pyro as a determinator).
- Also this page with the same team-mates trying to cheer Pyro up after said engineer runs into the arms of Scout after Pyro successfully rescues her. Made all the more heartwarming when the Heavy gives him Sasha, when he flipped out over somebody TOUCHING it(her?) in his official introductory video.
- Later, the engineer from before is having trouble keeping up with her team advancing on enemy lines, has apparently been dumped by the scout, and is about to shoot herself when a mysterious new engineer shows up to help out.
- He turns out to be the Pyro from before, who switched classes temporarily. She keeps his glove when he slips away though, presumably as a reminder of how not alone she is
- It what may be one of the odder applications of this trope, Megaman, after his reveal of being in the new Super Smash Brothers game. The author puts it best.
"I guess Nintendo lives off nostalgia, and Capcom is "moving foward" but if games had heart, I can see Mario giving him a helping hand."
- In Blue Yonder, when the villain taunts Jared with being alone, a hero intervenes announcing there's a problem with that, he's not alone.
- Naturally, xkcd has a unique slant on this trope when a female science major meets Zombie Marie Curie:
Zombie Marie Curie: You don't become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process. So don't try to be the next me, Noether or Meitner. Just remember that if you want to do this stuff, you are not alone... Also, avoid radium. Turns out it kills you.
- In the ending of Happy Hours of I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC, Spider-Man is hanging on a ledge trying to reach Lance's head with Batman holding him back. Spider-Man insisted that he had to so he could find out what was being blocked in his memories.
: "Don't you know why I thought you were so cool? It's because of this. You can take anything that comes your way. No family, no powers—it doesn't matter! Nothing gets you down. I thought if I could be more like you, then...I've had to take a lot of crap in my life but this...this is too much. Don't you get it? I'm all alone." Batman
: "...no. No, you're not." (Spiderman slowly gives him his other hand and Batman pulls him up)
- Despite the self-admitted hypocrisy, Spoony took Roger Ebert's review of the movie Fanboys kinda personal, and offered this rebuttal:
: Hey there,I feel that way sometimes too. Sometimes nothing goes wrong and I feel bad all day long. It's weird. The brain is a weird thing to deal with and I know that I shouldn't feel bad, but I still do. Sometimes too much. Sometimes I hate myself so much... but that's when I need people around me.You are important. You may not know it, but your life affects many others. Sometimes you just don't know how much. You are important and sometimes you just need someone to tell you that. So... I am telling you:You ARE important. Someday you will affect someone and they will be sad if you leave. Even if it's just to another part of Mexico, they will be sad. Everyone touches someone's lives. We sometimes don't know it.You just told me that I matter too... but I'll bet you didn't know that you did. So thank you. It means a lot to me.Hang in there. We all have good and bad days. We just need to get through the bad days together. That way, we're stronger. Always stronger together. -Justin "JW"
: I want you all to look at me. Because what I’m about to say is important. I’ve been thinking about this a lot; a lot lately. And I want you all to know this. This goes out to everybody. You’re not stupid. Okay? You’re not stupid. Don’t ever tell yourself that you are. You’re important. What you have in your head may not mean a lot to a lot of people, but its what makes you special. You are important. You mean something. And you’re going to go out there, and you’re gonna to do some wonderful things. But, first and foremost, you’re not stupid. You’re not an idiot. Don’t ever tell yourself that you are. And, if nobody else ever tells you this, I will tell you this; I care about you.
- Both of these quotes become a lot more heartwrenching when you remember that Justin himself committed suicide in January 2014.
- 'Heta Oni: "I'm sure I'll cry. And then...and then...look around yourself. You are all...un-alone.
- In Red vs. Blue, Church gives this message to Carolina after showing her some journals from her old friend York.
Carolina: Why did you show me that?
Church: Because I know what it's like to spend your life chasing ghosts.
- A heartwarming message from Toki to Bunny. Interesting thing about that story is that the author wanted to let everyone know they are not alone and that she wants to see them smile and that no one is alone.
- In the second episode of Demo Reel, the sick person actually has to force the worried friend to go and do something else.
- The climax of this video.
Gideon I've done the one thing my enemy could never do. (Planeswalkers start warping in). I've made allies from my enemies.
- The episode "Burning the Candle" in RWBY is about Yang trying to convince Blake that she, Ruby, and Weiss wanted to help her get through whatever was troubling her, and that Blake shouldn't force herself to take on more than she can handle.
- It doesn't matter who you are, what you look like, how old you are, where you're from, what you do for a living, what religion you are, your sexuality, your opinions, SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE loves you and cares about you. Be it your friends, your family, or some random person on the street, there's always someone that wants to see you smile, even if it doesn't seem like it. Love and affection are present everywhere you look, and if you're considering hurting yourself, for the love of God, think about this before you do it. Even if nobody you know or met cares (and I guarantee that they do), there's a million people you've never met who don't want you to hurt yourself. I know I certainly don't. So go hug a kitten, pet a puppy, give someone flowers, tell a joke, be happy. Because you will never, ever be alone.
- Remember, you are a troper. You're one of us. Even if this is your first time on this site, even if you don't have an account, you're part of the community we have here. And we don't want to lose you. You've made it this far and we know you can make it the rest of the way. You Are Better Than You Think You Are, and we tropers are in this together. Never forget, we tropers aren't a community, we're a family.
- You want proof? Take a look at the pages for suicide, preventing suicide, self-harm and abuse. All of them have this message. Most of them have hyperlinks and phone numbers that will connect you with people you can talk to. None of us want you to be hurt. We want you to stand up and show the world how awesome we know you are.
- Statistically speaking, amongst the nigh-seven billion earthlings exists a potential solacing comrade — supportive, compassionate, empathetic, sympathetic, felicitous, magnanimous, understanding, patient, simpatico, considerate, hospitable, etc. — suitable for someone somewhere, suitable for you.
- Read: In China, there was a 16-year old boy whose life was like crap. So he eventually decided to commit suicide. However, just when he was about to do it, in front of everyone, by jumping off a bridge, a 19-year old woman rushed to stop him. She told him that she was going through a rough time, just like he was, and showed him the scars on her right wrist to testify. She said that she considered suicide, but didn't go through with it and she didn't want him to do it either. And then she hugged him and kissed him.
- All the examples in that article are about someone reaching their lowest point but being brought out of it by some chance event or intervention — a friendly phone call out of the blue from someone who just wanted to chat, happening to hear a song that struck a chord with them, even a friendly puppy — letting them know that they weren't in this alone, that there was someone that was there with them and / or understand what they were feeling.
- The four Warrior Ethos of the United States Army are as follows: 1. I will always place the mission first, 2. I will never accept defeat, 3. I will never quit, 4. I WILL NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE. Pretty much every soldier worth his/her salt knows that without the fourth one, the other three are worth jack-monkey-squat. And of the seven Army Values, the first one is LOYALTY.
- In 1993, the Great Midwestern Flood, a tiny Asian country (whose name I'm sorry to say I can't remember) that we had been helping after it had been devastated by flooding after particularly brutal Monsoon rains turned around and sent aid back to the US.
- Three days after the 9/11 attacks, the German destroyer FGS Lütjens approached the American destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill at sea, her sailors manning the rails, flying an American flag along with the German Naval Ensign, and holding a banner reading "We Stand by You".◊
- After 9/11, a Kenyan Masai tribe offered the US a herd of 14 cows, an enormous gesture for people arguably in much worse straits than we were. note
- In World War II, the United States played this role for the British, Chinese, French, and Russians. It didn't officially enter the war until the winter of 41/42, but ever since the mid-30's, China had been receiving aid, and the French, British, and Russians soon after Hitler's Germany began warring against them. Most of this was through Lend-Lease, but some very specific examples of direct assistance in the Liberty Ships, the Eagle Squadrons in Britain, and the American Volunteer Group (famously, the Flying Tigers) in China.
- The US did this again when the Indonesian Quake struck.
- As one US Admiral pointed out when the French sarcastically asked what we were going to do by sending a carrier group there (paraphrased):
French Admiral: What are you going to do with an aircraft carrier? Bomb it?
Response: Our aircraft carriers generate enough power to provide electricity for 3,000 homes without affecting operations, have a fully equipped medical facility capable of emergency treatment, water purification facilities, the resources to airlift food and supplies and we have eleven of them. How many does France have?
- They did it again after the earthquake in Japan. And so did the rest of the world.
- The Canadian ambassador of the United States said these words after Hurricane Katrina.
"You are our friends and together we are family – you do not suffer alone."
- The prompt for episode 3 of The Glee Project is "Vulnerability". All the contestants have to write their biggest insecurity on a billboard. Alex writes "gay", which cues Cameron to give him a speech about how strong he is, and how proud he is of him.
- Humanity's various effort to communicate with aliens, from the information stuck on space probes to the various messages beamed into space, probably counts as this since a lot of the time the intent is simply to let anyone out there know that we exist. In the words of the Russian scientist Alexander Zaitsev regarding the rationale behind METI (Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence):
"The science known as SETI deals with searching for messages from aliens. METI science deals with the creation of messages to aliens... In contrast to Active SETI, METI pursues not a local and lucrative impulse, but a more global and unselfish one – to overcome the Great Silence in the Universe, bringing to our extraterrestrial neighbors the long-expected annunciation “You are not alone
- We already have a handful of space signals that we can't identify, the most famous being the "Wow!" signal. It's been verified that the signal could not have come from a satellite or anywhere on Earth. If it's extraterrestrial, it shows that we are not alone in our desire to find others like us out there. The aliens want to make friends too.
- The creation of the It Gets Better Project after a wave of youth suicides reminded young LGBT people across the country that they are not alone. Participants include celebrities, politicians, and basically anyone who cares.
- In its editorial reaction to the events of September 11, the French newspaper Le Monde asserted that on that day "We are all Americans!" Many of the other international reactions to the events of that day — such as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace breaking tradition and playing the American national anthem — were intended to send the same message.
- In any form of rescue, one of the first priorities is establishing communications, in any way possible. As many people who have been rescued will tell you, the importance isn't what's said, but the simple message the communication implies: "We know you're there. We're coming."
- This video.
- When something goes wrong, You are not alone. Paramedics, EMTs, Firefighters, and Police Officers all share one common goal: that others may live. If there is a life to save, nothing will stand in their way to do so. There are even documented cases of responders manually lifting trucks off of victims to pull them from danger. And the funny thing is? They don't view themselves as heroes. It's either another day on the job, or a case of doing what they'd want their fellow man to do for them.
- Additionally, when those guys are in trouble, the most heartening thing they can hear is the screams of sirens as their fellows get closer and closer, inspiring them to fight harder, hold tighter, and just survive one more second...
- When the UN passed a declaration officially protecting gay, lesbian, transsexual, etc people around the world from discrimination, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Baer had this to say:
" [It is a signal] that there are many people in the international community who stand with them and who support them, and that change will come.
[...] It's a historic method of tyranny to make you feel that you are alone.
One of the things that this resolution does for people everywhere, particularly LGBT people everywhere, is remind them that they are not alone
- The Please Don't Jump movement. Someone posted a secret on Post Secret that they were going to kill themselves by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. People around the world started an online movement to convince them not to. The members around San Francisco even went to the bridge to write uplifting messages in case the original poster hadn't seen their online messages.
- Dogs. Essentially man's best friend, a dog doesn't care about how rich or poor, old or young, successful or not its master is. Dogs love unconditionally, and will stick with their master to the very end.
Senator George Vest: "The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog."
- Pets in general. You take care of them, and for most of them, they can't leave you and they wouldn't want to.
- The IMAlive project - an instant messaging version of a suicide helpline. Trained volunteers are there 24/7, just to chat with those who need it.
We can help you get through this. Please know that you are not alone.
"I feel exactly the same way, you're not alone ♥"
"Yeah, that not-alone feeling? Is one of the best feelings in the world. :)"
- The Washington State Vietnam Veterans Memorial Inscription
"To all my brothers and sisters
who made it back, but never made it home.
In memory of those who have died from physical and emotional wounds received while serving in the Vietnam War. We honor and recognize their pain and suffering, but above all we respect the courage of these Washington State residents. When our country called, you were there. We have not forgotten, you are not alone
. You Now Rest in Glory"
- Anyone who can claim the title "United States Marine" has 240,827 men and women who will ensure that they will never be alone. And that's just counting active and reserve units.
- "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
- In 1934, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk sent a message to the mothers of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who had died at Gallipoli. "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives… you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets where they lie side by side here in this country of ours… You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
- The Civil Air Patrol of the United States continues to exist, in part, due to this trope. From search and rescue to disaster relief, their personnel are constantly bringing aid to those who are isolated or in danger. Why is that? Because they want to. They are volunteers. Hell, some of them are not even adults! Yet, you can rest assured that if something terrible has happened and you are lost in the world, there is a chance they will come for you. En masse.
- Technically you're never alone even if you're a loner because people are always somewhere near you. The only true way you could be alone is if you go into space, and even then people are still near you just a couple thousand miles below you.
- Not even that far - the International Space Station orbits the Earth at an altitude of no more than 260 miles. And at all times there are hundreds if not thousands of people in all the world's mission control centers (not just Houston and Korolyov - those two may be the biggest, but a total of 21 different centers across five space agenciesnote are involved with the ISS), all working to make sure those single-digit-number astro/cosmo/whatever-nauts can do their job and stay alive and healthy doing it.
- The American flag for the Prisoners of War and Missing In Action, seen here◊ has the phrase "You Are Not Forgotten." A reminder to those who are trapped behind enemy lines or lost, while America, both the civilians and military, may not be with you physically, we are with you in spirit and we will ensure you are returned home.
- Rather oddly (to outsiders) there are lawyers' assistance programs in every state of the US. This actually has a reason: Those in the legal profession are statistically more likely to become depressed, attempt suicide, or become drug/alcohol addicts than any other employment-based group in the country. Furthermore, the special position of lawyers in society—mediating the relationship between citizens and the state—means that it is particularly important for lawyers not to have these problems. As a result, every state bar association runs a program part of whose purpose is to assure every attorney, law student, and judge: You are not alone in this.
- In 9/11, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, businessmen/women - everyone on that day banded together to combat the tragedy.
- One of the talking points in the "Be a Buddy, Not A Bully" program has "You are not alone" as one of the things a "buddy" could talk to the bullied individual about to make them feel better about himself or herself.
- The Golden Gate Bridge is by far the most popular place in the world to commit suicide. A highway patrol officer named Kevin Briggs has made a career out of saving would-be jumpers. His empathy and unwillingness to give up have saved hundreds of lives.
- On a similar note, Don "The Angel of the Gap" Ritchie. He lived next to a cliffside in Sydney, Australia where suicides were extremely common. For 45 years, Don watched the cliff for jumpers and would invite them to his home to talk. Officially, he was credited with saving 160 lives and his family estimate the number may have been closer to 500.
- The underlying message of Forest Rain's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic-inspired "'Great to be Different' Community Video" is not just celebrating difference but showing that there are others who have struggled with self doubt and have come to be proud of who they are. It's also an affirmation that there are people out there who won't look down on you based on what TV show you watch.
"I just wanted to tell you that the hardest thing I faced wasn't the teasing or the pain. It was convincing myself I wasn't stupid strange or lame, and helping others do the same."
- After a bomb went off at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, Ellen Degeneres had this to say to the city of Boston.
- You are alone in your own mind. No one can ever see the world the way you do, no one can ever hear the world the way you do, no one can ever have a life quite like yours and, on a molecular level, you can never truly touch anyone or be touched. Don't let it get you down, though; it simply means that no one can ever truly be a copy of you. No matter how boring or uninteresting you see yourself, that you are the only you there can ever be.
- The Yogscast's Zoeya knows what it's like to hurt.
Each and every single one of you, you all deserve to be happy
. Never give up. And smile more because you really do look beautiful when you smile.
- Military. Police. Firefighters. Coast guard. Border guard. Jail guard. These are people who's dayjob is ensuring you can sleep safely at night.
- This article. BACA: Bikers Against Child Abuse. Big burly scary bikers, who find abused children and protect them both from physical dangers and just from the fear of being alone and helpless. As one kid put it
I'm not afraid. My friends are scarier than he is.
- When serious natural disasters strike, especially when they strike impoverished countries, expect international aid (UN or otherwise) to be forthcoming. Some NG Os like Doctors Without Borders and the International Red Cross also brave these places to bring aid to those in need. When Mother Nature herself smites you with her wrath, remember You Are Not Alone. There are those who will come to your aid and there are even samaritans who make it their life's work to do so.
- Little girl wants to know how to deal with being called a nerd, Wil Wheaton responds.
- When Ronald Reagan was brought to the hospital from his attempted assassination in 1981, he said to the surgeons "I hope you're all Republicans.", to which the chief surgeon, Dr. Charles Giordano (a Democrat), said "Mr. President, today, we're all Republicans."
- After Robin Williams tragically took his life, Cracked, a website known mainly for its irreverent snarky humor, revealed that they have a system in place in case any of their commenters express suicidal thoughts. They will send such commenters messages of support, and in some cases even dispatch emergency services to their location. So if even Cracked likes you and doesn't want you to hurt yourself, you are definitely not alone.
- Ugol's Law holds that no one is ever alone in their kink. It's easy to have a rare fetish, to be unable to find anyone to share it with, even to feel that the whole world looks down on you for it. But the consensus of kinksters is that there's someone else out there with the exact same one.
- In December 2014, a gunman took hostages at a cafe in Sydney, Australia. Amid uncertainty about the hostage-taker's motives and fears of reprisals after a flag bearing the Islamic proclamation of faith was raised in the cafe, some Australians created the hashtag #illridewithyou in a bid to show solidarity with local Muslims who might feel threatened by backlash.
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