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.
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".
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.
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, Gaara's Heel-Face Turn is almost entirely due to his bout with Naruto, in which he first tells him he is not alone, and then when he and Naruto are both collapsed on the ground, his brother and sister show up at his side.
Late in the series Naruto experiences two himself, both times while dealing with a near-escape of the Kyuubi.
Later on while trying to claim the Kyuubi's chakra, the demon resorted to a emotional attack, flooding Naruto with all of the darkest emotions and memories Naruto had ever experienced. Just as his will was on the verge of shattering, his mother Kushina Uzumaki appeared to give him the will and means to win.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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 certainmale voice...
Happens to each one of the Senshi in the R movie. Fiorie 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.
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 To 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.
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...
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.
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 NHK.
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 Nakama/True Companions
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.
Kid Flash: 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! ????: Bart. (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: Grandpa?
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."
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...
Amon Sur: 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.
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.
The Firefly fic Forward has a very potent moment in its first story arc, when Jayne and River are being tortured by Niska. Partway through, Jayne begins to realize River is slipping and about to break , and he manages to grab her hand to remind her he's still there, and she isn't alone. Particularly potent because at this point in the story, River and Jayne are still antagonistic toward one another, yet even Jayne recognizes that the only people they have to rely on are each other.
An example pops up in the Mass Effect self-insert Mass Vexations; after the mission at Virmire, Art plunges into a massive angst episode where the sorrow of being separated from everyone he's ever loved and being unable to tell anyone about it thanks to a Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story finally catches up to him. At the height of his hopelessness, Tali comes in, and after a brief argument she hears his backstory and gives him a hug.
Kanae takes some time to really understand the meaning of those words but when she does she asks Haruhi if she can stay with the brigade, to which Haruhi answers the rest of the brigade has always been waiting for her decision to stay.
Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams thoroughly subverts this trope when the human Rick Sheridan tries to use it to comfort the alien Sleepwalker, who's become bonded with him and is trapped on Earth. While Sleepwalker cares deeply for the humans that he's befriended, he can never truly feel at home among them because he's an alien with a corresponding mindset. Even people who've acquired inhuman appearances, like the Thing, can still relate to their fellow humans in ways Sleepwalker never could.
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!
One Magical Girl, after seven years of relentless horrors every night, abandoned by her parents, outs herself to all of Japan. Her latest enemies have finally broken her, and so, standing on the tallest building in japan, she tearfully makes a single, desperate plea. "If there are any other Magical Girls out there," she says, "save me." And a golden-haired angel wearing black hears her call, and grants her greatest wish. Thus begins our story...
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."
Inner Demons: when the Elements of Harmony are used on Queen!Twilight, they remind her of all the good times she's had with her friends, and of all they've gone through to save her from her destiny; this gives her the strength to not only shake off the Darkness' lies, but to add her own Element of Magic to the mix and repell it from her body.
After this, the Darkness kidnaps Twilight and tries to break her so that it can possess her again. Apple Bloom tracks her down and shows her she's not alone, helping her to overcome her fear and defeat the Darkness for good.
"Mom... Dad... I’m home. I’m finally home. My journey is finished. And I am not alone.”
Magical Pony Lyrical Twilight does the same. The phrase used throughout the latter half of the fic was "Nopony needs to be alone." It gives Fate the strength to finally stand up against Prescia much earlier than before and later becomes Twilight's adopted sister.
The Stars Will Aid Their Escape: When faced with the final fight against Nyarlathotep's full might, Twilight nearly loses hope and almost relapses back into insanity, before her friends remind her that they're there beside her. This gives her the strength to keep fighting and they proceed to curbstomp him with the Elements.
In the Lunaverse story Carrot Top Season, various other ponies show up to give Carrot Top support for the farming competition.
In the Story A Fathers Wrath Naruto undergoes this after a Genjutsu is cast on him and being given a Breaking Speech by the Big Bad telling him he is doomed to a life of isolation and loneliness due to being a jinchuurki, as it goes on his features transform growing claws and fangs looking more demonic, just when it looks like he's going to accept it, Haku,Sakura, and Tayuya show up and remind him that he's never alone and they and all the others are always there with him by his side as others including Sarutobi and his father Orochimaru appear letting the boy know they are with him. The title of the chapter when that happens? You Are Not Alone
In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf novel (and its companion side story "The Grouchiest Friendship"), when Empath is about to return to Psychelia after spending his first year visiting the Smurfs, Papa Smurf gives him a Smurf medallion and tells him that he as a Smurf is no longer alone in this world.
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.
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.
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.
Star Trek III: 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. "Gentleman...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:
Kirk: 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 Next Gen. movie, Generations. At least until Picard brings him out of the Nexus (and he dies shortly thereafter in the other's company).
Seriously, Star Trek has a love affair with this trope, but considering that True Companions is a core theme of all the series/movies, this isn't surprising. In the first film in JJAbrams' reboot, 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 is sentenced to death due to the absurd amount of hash he had in Malaysia 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!
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.
The song "We Are One" from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is all about this idea. It's arguably one of the most meaningful and heartwarming songs in the whole film series, and the advice certainly aids Kiara later in the film.
In Spider-Man, 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.
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.
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 Lee Lightner's Warhammer 40,000Space 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 lays 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.
Laurence: "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".
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.
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.
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 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."
"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, Hectorwho has been resurrected after killing himself out of loneliness is terrified at the thought of Garovel leaving.
Garovel: 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.
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."
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:
Also used 2 seasons before in "Message in a Bottle", with massive amount of awww.
It happens in Star Trek: The Next Generation, too, in the episode "Loud As a Whisper" when 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.
Picard: You are not alone! Do you understand? We - are all in this - together - now!
Grabbing his hands like that is considered extremely rude amongst the deaf community, though he can be excused due to ignorance.
Or he could be excused because, you know, it wasn't rude at all in this context.
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."
Star Trek is built on this concept. 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."
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 expertwho 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?
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.
Shepherd Book: You can't order me around, Mal. I'm not one of your crew. Mal:Yes you are.
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 realkick 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.
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 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."
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.
Jeff: As long as you have friends, you have a family.
Likewise a major theme of Babylon5. 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.
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.
"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."
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."
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.
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!
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.
Dare ka ga kimi wo, aishiteru / Dare ka ga kimi wo, shinjiteru / Dare ka ga kimi wo, motometeru / Doko ka de, doko ka de Translated: Somebody out there loves you / Somebody out there believes in you / Somebody out there is looking for you / Somewhere, somewhere
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
While it's not as overt as "Whispers in the Dark", "Awake and Alive" expresses a similar sentiment, especially in the lines immediately preceding the chorus in the first two verses:
It's getting harder to stay awake And my strength is fading fast You breathe into me at last
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 powers 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!
Alone literally, perhaps, but not so much metaphorically.
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.
In Final Fantasy XIII, Fang careens straight over the Despair Event Horizon, only for the other characters to come striding out of the darkness to remind her that they'll stand together 'til the end.
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.
Aerie: 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.
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.
After the trial where Shepard's speech saved her father's reputation and kept her from exile, she says
Tali: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.
Also in Mass Effect 3, as Shepard breaks more and more as a result of the war and The Chains of Commanding, his/her friends from throughout the trilogy constantly try to let Shepard know that s/he has friends to support him/her.
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."
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.
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..."
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 And Luigi Bowsers 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
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 FinalDuel Boss fight is set to an orchestration of the game's theme song, titled "You'll Never Be Alone No Matter Where You Go".
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 Lucas eventually does give out a few hits on the Masked Man, but feels awfully regretful about it, even wanting to cry. 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.
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*
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:
It's sincerity has been questioned but nonetheless, the optional ending of Minecraft has some touching words for the players. "And the universe said you are not alone/and the universe said you are not separate from every other thing.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spiderman: "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)
'Jew Wario: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"
'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.
Gideon I've done the one thing my enemy could never do. (Planeswalkers start warping in). I've made allies from my enemies.
Justice League: In an episode in which J'onn is forced to open his telepathic awareness across the entire city after Luthor escapes. The experience is... disillusioning, to say the least, as he gets a taste of how petty, bitter, and selfish humans can be inside their own heads. The episode ends with him discovering a group searching for a missing child—all of them obviously desperate to find her, and he realises that humans are not all bastards. And then Diana finds him. There is hugging. It's ironic, in a way, because J'onn is stillalone in the universe, and this is something he's always going to have to deal with - but it's not all hopeless.
The trend continues when J'onn leaves the League temporarily in "To Another Shore," to find a home. When he returns, he has a wife.
In Teen Titans Beast Boy tells Raven: "You think you're alone, Raven. But you're not." He gets a hug in return (much to his shock).
After having just gone through an episode-long brutal Mind Rape, Robin confesses to the other Titans that sometimes he feels like he's the only one still looking for Slade, "the only one that can stop him". Whereupon Starfire steps forward and tells him gently, "Robin... you are never alone."
This is arguably the whole point of Batman The Brave And The Bold. Every episode, he teams up with another hero from the DC universe, to the point where he might as well be in charge of his own Justice League. It hit home most recently in "Night of the Batmen!", where Batman is incapacitated on a mission, and Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Captain Marvel all don Batman disguises to defend Gotham City in his stead while he recovers at the hands of the Martian Manhunter. It's never explicitly stated within the episode, but the sentiment is definitely there.
An episode of Samurai Jack has Jack being infected by Aku's energy, which begins to overtake him. Just as he is about to give up, he recives a vision of his parents. They remind him of all the people he's saved and restored hope to, and their spirits come to his aid. His allies appear before him next to remind him he's not alone. This allows him to successfully fight off the darkness.
When Goliath returns to his clan after the "Avalon Tour" in Gargoyles, he tells everyone, who thought they were the last surviving gargoyles in the world, that there are gargoyles in England, Japan, and Guatemala, as well as the last rookery being alive and well on Avalon (and demonstrated by Angela). Hudson says, "We're not the last...we're not alone!"
Goliath's clan had already crossed paths with one of the London gargoyles, Griff, but this is where the fact that they weren't the last of their kind, that other gargoyles were surviving throughout the world, really sank in. Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, anyone?
Spoofed in The Simpsons episode "Lemon of Troy," when Milhouse is about to be beaten to a pulp by a boy from Shelbyville. He sputters, "Is this the untimely end of Milhouse?", only to have the other boy reveal that his name is also Milhouse. Realizing that neither is the only one with such a moniker—"A pain I know all too well"—they embrace and Milhouse (of Springfield) sobs, "This is what it sounds like when doves cry."
Done indirectly in the season two finale of Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!. Antauri has, to all appearances, died, and the rest of the team minus Chiro are talking about how he always thought of death as the next journey. "But...he's all alone now," says Otto. Sprx's response? "No. No monkey team member...is ever alone."
I don't care 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.
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 (or something in the case of the puppy) 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.
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.
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, and they may well be doing this again with Japan.
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?
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.
This livejournal post was intended as a discussion for LGBTETC folks who wanted an outlet. Near the bottom of the page, someone comes out as asexual.
In it's 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."
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 it's 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. :)"
"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"
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 NASA, CSA, ESA, RFSA, JAXA 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 the MLP"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."
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.
Zoeya: 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. 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.