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* Post-New52 ComicBook/RedHood became this to the bat family after his stint as an enemy in ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman. While the others take their time in trusting him, they at least appreciate his help as long as he doesn't kill again.

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* Post-New52 Post-New 52 ComicBook/RedHood became this to the bat family after his stint as an enemy in ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman. While the others take their time in trusting him, they at least appreciate his help as long as he doesn't kill again.

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* Post-New52 ComicBook/RedHood became this to the bat family after his stint as an enemy in ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman. While the others take their time in trusting him, they at least appreciate his help as long as he doesn't kill again.


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-->-- '''Leonard''', '''Leonard Hofstadter''', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''


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*** Cure Fortune of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' is this, too, due to the fact that [[spoiler: the Phantom Empire took her family and she doesn't trust Cure Princess because of her DarkSecret.]] When she decides TO gain allies, it's less because she's accepted ThePowerOfFriendship, it's because she wants to use them so that they can protect her while she grows stronger. Things seem to hint that that's going to be her HoistByHisOwnPetard moment.

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*** Cure Fortune of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' is this, too, due to the fact that [[spoiler: the Phantom Empire took her family and she doesn't trust Cure Princess because of her DarkSecret.]] When she decides TO gain allies, it's less because she's accepted ThePowerOfFriendship, it's because she wants to use them so that they can protect her while she grows stronger. Things seem It ends up being her HoistByHerOwnPetard moment when she runs off to hint fight Phantom on her own and she's BroughtDownToNormal. It's only Cure Princess' arrival that that's going to be she's spared and CameBackStrong and she ultimately realizes where she screwed up.
*** Deconstructed with Cure Cosmo of ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure''. [[spoiler:Having worked on
her HoistByHisOwnPetard moment.own since her entire world was petrified]], even when she becomes a Cure, she stays away from the rest of the team even when they're in civilian forms. When Fuwa suffers a bit of PowerIncontenence, she tries to shoulder the responsibility and work solo, but Cure Soliel tells her that it's better to work together than alone, she cuts it out.


* [[spoiler:Asch, Luke's [[CloningBlues original]]]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' fits this trope perfectly. While he does join the party sometimes and is on their side, he mostly does his own thing off the side and has an {{Oranyan}} attitude towards the party and outright refuses to join them most of the time, mostly because of his resentment towards Luke. He also acts like a {{Jerkass}} to everyone that's not Natalia.

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* [[spoiler:Asch, Luke's [[CloningBlues original]]]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' fits this trope perfectly. While he does join the party sometimes and is on their side, he mostly does his own thing off the side and has an {{Oranyan}} [[{{Tsundere}} Oranyan]] attitude towards the party and outright refuses to join them most of the time, mostly because of his resentment towards Luke. He also acts like a {{Jerkass}} to everyone that's not Natalia.


Enter the Aloof Ally. This ally is explicitly going after the same thing as you for [[SavingTheWorld the same results]], and shows up to help you, being initially stronger. Don't confuse that with being "on your side", though. When the heroes ask them "Why aren't you joining us? We're teammates!", they'll snap and brush them off for being too naive, trusting, and comparatively useless.

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Enter the Aloof Ally. This ally is explicitly going after the same thing as you for [[SavingTheWorld the same results]], and shows up to help you, being initially stronger. Don't confuse that with being "on your side", though. When the heroes ask them "Why aren't you joining us? We're teammates!", they'll snap and brush them off for being too naive, trusting, and and/or comparatively useless.


** Downplayed and averted with Sonic himself. He is friendly and cheerful, but not very expressive and tends to prefer being beside himself until a threat appears. This is far less apparent in the comics.

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** Downplayed and mostly averted with Sonic himself. He is friendly and cheerful, but not very expressive and tends to prefer being beside himself until a threat appears. This is far less apparent in the comics.


** Downplayed with Sonic himself. He is friendly and cheerful, but not very expressive and tends to prefer being beside himself until a threat appears. This is far less apparent in the comics.

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** Downplayed and averted with Sonic himself. He is friendly and cheerful, but not very expressive and tends to prefer being beside himself until a threat appears. This is far less apparent in the comics.


The Aloof Ally may reject ThePowerOfFriendship now, but later -- because the heroes keep trying -- they'll end up reevaluating their position and [[SixthRanger join up with the team anyway]]. Sadly, this usually involves a usefulness drop similar to GoodIsDumb. Though if not they may become TheLancer to the main character.

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The Aloof Ally may reject ThePowerOfFriendship now, but later -- because the heroes keep trying -- they'll end up reevaluating re-evaluating their position and [[SixthRanger join up with the team anyway]]. Sadly, this usually involves a usefulness drop similar to GoodIsDumb. Though if not they may become TheLancer to the main character.



** Byakuya becomes this in the early phase of the Arrancar Arc. On the surface, he follows Yamamoto's orders, but secretly exploits a loophole to ensure Renji and Rukia can get to Hueco Mundo to help Ichigo rescue Orihime which is technically in defiance of Yamamoto's wishes. It also allows Byakuya to maintain his distance from Ichigo [[spoiler: (although much later in the manga he doesn't mind admitting how important Ichigo is to him).]]

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** Byakuya becomes this in the early phase of the Arrancar Arc. On the surface, he follows Yamamoto's orders, orders but secretly exploits a loophole to ensure Renji and Rukia can get to Hueco Mundo to help Ichigo rescue Orihime which is technically in defiance of Yamamoto's wishes. It also allows Byakuya to maintain his distance from Ichigo [[spoiler: (although much later in the manga he doesn't mind admitting how important Ichigo is to him).]]



* The Universe Survival arc of ‘’Anime/DragonBallSuper’’ has quite a few, but the biggest are [[ResurrectedForAJob Frieza]] who, despite a few teases, loyally spends the tournament as a TokenEvilTeammate, and Jiren, up to then uncontested [[WorldsStrongestMan most powerful mortal in every universe]]. Jiren has very little regard for his teammates, or anything really besides the pursuit of even greater strength. Android 17 is also a more benign example, having been protecting a park on an island from poachers and raising a family all this time since the end of the Cell Games and not attending the party after the end of the tournament, but being on perfectly fine terms with the rest of the cast.

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* The Universe Survival arc of ‘’Anime/DragonBallSuper’’ has quite a few, but the biggest are [[ResurrectedForAJob Frieza]] who, despite a few teases, loyally spends the tournament as a TokenEvilTeammate, and Jiren, up to then uncontested [[WorldsStrongestMan most powerful mortal in every universe]]. Jiren has very little regard for his teammates, teammates or anything really anything, really, besides the pursuit of even greater strength. Android 17 is also a more benign example, having example who has been protecting a park on an island from poachers and raising a family all this time since the end of the Cell Games and Games. He is not attending the party after the end of the tournament, but being on perfectly fine terms with the rest of the cast.



* Caren from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' refused to join with the Power Trio because she was bitter about a rumour that Rina had abandoned Caren's sister Noel when they were in danger. (In fact, Noel had made a HeroicSacrifice for Rina to escape.) Between [[IWasJustPassingThrough random rescues]], she sabotaged their civilian lives, interrupting Lucia's love confession to Kaito and leaving the three of them with a [[BigEater giant food bill.]]

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* Caren from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' refused to join with the Power Trio because she was bitter about a rumour rumor that Rina had abandoned Caren's sister Noel when they were in danger. (In fact, Noel had made a HeroicSacrifice for Rina to escape.) Between [[IWasJustPassingThrough random rescues]], she sabotaged their civilian lives, interrupting Lucia's love confession to Kaito and leaving the three of them with a [[BigEater giant food bill.]]



*** Likewise with Cure Ace. She actually wants to join them at first, but she uses [[SecretTestOfCharacter Secret Tests of Character]] to strenghten before she finally joins them. Her StealthHiBye is also justified by [[spoiler:[[HourOfPower having a time limit for using her powers]]]].

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*** Likewise with Cure Ace. She actually wants to join them at first, but she uses [[SecretTestOfCharacter Secret Tests of Character]] to strenghten strengthen before she finally joins them. Her StealthHiBye is also justified by [[spoiler:[[HourOfPower having a time limit for using her powers]]]].



** Tuxedo Mask in the first season. Especially because they didn't even know if he was an ally or an evil 3rd party much of the time. He would show up, briefly fight the MonsterOfTheWeek and leave often not even bothering to see if the Sailor Soldiers lived or not. Until the ball where he and Usagi rescue each other when he finally admits he's searching for the Silver Crystal for altruistic purposes (to rescue the princess of his dreams) they don't trust him.

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** Tuxedo Mask in the first season. Especially because they didn't even know if he was an ally or an evil 3rd party much of the time. He would show up, briefly fight the MonsterOfTheWeek and leave often not even bothering to see if the Sailor Soldiers lived or not. Until the ball where he and Usagi rescue each other when he finally admits he's searching for the Silver Crystal for altruistic purposes (to rescue the princess of his dreams) dreams), they don't trust him.



* Ikki from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' dislikes teamwork; he comes to battle whenever Athena's Saints need his help and is often seen coming in the nick of time to save his younger brother and friends from certain death. This tactic has always been exploited to their advantage, since the enemies are caught by surprise upon meeting/fighting him.

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* Ikki from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' dislikes teamwork; he comes to battle whenever Athena's Saints need his help and is often seen coming in the nick of time to save his younger brother and friends from certain death. This tactic has always been exploited to their advantage, advantage since the enemies are caught by surprise upon meeting/fighting him.



** Knuckles prefers to do things alone, and tends to get pretty annoyed with Sonic's reckless ways and the group worshiping him. It was only in later episodes, that he grew more attached to the group.

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** Knuckles prefers to do things alone, alone and tends to get pretty annoyed with Sonic's reckless ways and the group worshiping him. It was only in later episodes, that he grew more attached to the group.



* Kurama and especially Hiei of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Though Kurama is nice, he does not often hang out with the group outside of battle. Hiei is a more extreme example, during the Sensui arc he appear just to ''save'' Yusuke from "Sniper" and take part to main battle.

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* Kurama and especially Hiei of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Though Kurama is nice, he does not often hang out with the group outside of battle. Hiei is a more extreme example, during the Sensui arc arc, he appear appears just to ''save'' Yusuke from "Sniper" and take part to in the main battle.



* Knuckles in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''. Of course it doesn't help that Sonic's so arrogant he always puts off new allies anyway.
* Bloodhawk in ''ComicBook/XMen [[ComicBook/{{Marvel 2099}} 2099]]'' was an occasionally ally of the X-Men, but initially declined offers to join the team for reasons of his own. He did eventually join up, though.

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* Knuckles in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''. Of course course, it doesn't help that Sonic's so arrogant he always puts off new allies anyway.
* Bloodhawk in ''ComicBook/XMen [[ComicBook/{{Marvel 2099}} 2099]]'' was an occasionally an ally of the X-Men, but initially declined offers to join the team for reasons of his own. He did eventually join up, though.



* In ''[[Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms Blood's Pride]]'', the mercenary called the Mongrel has been hired by the Shadari rebels to lead their uprising, but although the rebellion is indeed successful, she certainly didn't work closely with her employers in the course of achieving it (to the point where they often thought she'd betrayed them). She is contemptuous towards the self-appointed rebel leader who hired her, and has no particular interest in whether he and his gang survive to see the fruits of their rebellion. In fact, nobody is quite sure what she actually wants, and she deliberately keeps it that way.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms Blood's Pride]]'', the mercenary called the Mongrel has been hired by the Shadari rebels to lead their uprising, but although the rebellion is indeed successful, she certainly didn't work closely with her employers in the course of achieving it (to the point where they often thought she'd betrayed them). She is contemptuous towards the self-appointed rebel leader who hired her, her and has no particular interest in whether he and his gang survive to see the fruits of their rebellion. In fact, nobody is quite sure what she actually wants, and she deliberately keeps it that way.



* The Go-On Wings from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''. Fortunately, once [=JumboWhale=] shows up, he's much friendlier and manages to talk them round.

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* The Go-On Wings from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''. Fortunately, once [=JumboWhale=] shows up, he's much friendlier and manages to talk them round.around.



** It worked well enough to be [[RecycledScript repeated next season]]. Who is the Phantom Ranger? We never found out his deal, and when asked about it later, different writers had different ideas and all said "Well, that's what ''I'' think it'd be cool, but nothing like that was anything like official."

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** It worked well enough to be [[RecycledScript repeated next season]]. Who is the Phantom Ranger? We never found out his deal, and when asked about it later, different writers had different ideas and all said said: "Well, that's what ''I'' think it'd be cool, but nothing like that was anything like official."



** The Lunar Wolf Ranger from ''Wild Force'' is a partial example: he liked the main team well enough, and was totally on their side, but he wasn't a very social guy and couldn't forgive himself for making their lives difficult while he was BrainwashedAndCrazy, despite the Rangers' easy forgiveness. So outside of battle, they didn't see him much.

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** The Lunar Wolf Ranger from ''Wild Force'' is a partial example: he liked the main team well enough, enough and was totally on their side, but he wasn't a very social guy and couldn't forgive himself for making their lives difficult while he was BrainwashedAndCrazy, despite the Rangers' easy forgiveness. So outside of battle, they didn't see him much.



* Judas from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' is one for a short while in the beginning of the game, but he eventually comes around and agrees it would be easier for everyone to just travel together. [[spoiler: There's several good reasons he was reluctant to join, including a poor reputation and the fact that he ended up betraying his last group of friends.]]

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* Judas from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' is one for a short while in at the beginning of the game, but he eventually comes around and agrees it would be easier for everyone to just travel together. [[spoiler: There's several good reasons he was reluctant to join, including a poor reputation and the fact that he ended up betraying his last group of friends.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Lapis Lazuli, whose interests regarding helping the main characters stops at "protect Steven", as he was the first being in millennia [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe to ever show her kindness]]. She has no love for the rest of the Crystal Gems or the planet Earth, as she deems every faction of the [[GreatOffscreenWar Gem War]] as responsible for [[TraumaCongaLine the horrible things that have happened to her]]. So while she's willing to work with and help the team for Steven's sake, she's generally a WildCard more interested in her own self-preservation than anything else. [[spoiler: At least until she officially joins the team at the end of the fifth season.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Lapis Lazuli, whose interests regarding helping the main characters stops stop at "protect Steven", as he was the first being in millennia [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe to ever show her kindness]]. She has no love for the rest of the Crystal Gems or the planet Earth, as she deems every faction of the [[GreatOffscreenWar Gem War]] as responsible for [[TraumaCongaLine the horrible things that have happened to her]]. So while she's willing to work with and help the team for Steven's sake, she's generally a WildCard more interested in her own self-preservation than anything else. [[spoiler: At least until she officially joins the team at the end of the fifth season.]]


* Modern versions of Franchise/{{Batman}} are usually this to every other hero in the DC Universe, most famously to Franchise/{{Superman}} and the Franchise/JusticeLeague, though he tends to form closer bonds with both over time. Given that he's a founding member of the team in most continuities, and he and Supes end up on a first-name basis rather quickly, you have to wonder if he's as aloof as he likes to think he is.
* Thor was this at the beginning of ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, helping the Ultimates take down major threats but not being an official, government-sanctioned member of the team. In his case, he abstained from joining due to his distrust of the American government and disapproval of the ways in which it used the team. Unlike most examples, he was always rather jovial and willing to help the team.

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* Modern versions of Franchise/{{Batman}} are usually this to every other hero in the DC Universe, most famously to Franchise/{{Superman}} and the Franchise/JusticeLeague, though he tends to form closer bonds with both over time. Given that he's a founding member of the team in most continuities, and he and Supes end up on a first-name basis rather quickly, you have to wonder if he's as aloof as he likes to think he is.
* Thor was this at the beginning of ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, helping the Ultimates take down major threats but not being an official, government-sanctioned member of the team. In his case, he abstained from joining due to his distrust of the American government and disapproval of the ways in which it used the team.Ultimates. Unlike most examples, he was always rather jovial and willing to help the team.


* Thor was this at the beginning of ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, helping the Ultimates take down major threats but not being an official, government-sanctioned member of the team. In his case, he abstained from joining due to his distrust of the American government and disapproval of the ways in which it used the team.

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* Thor was this at the beginning of ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, helping the Ultimates take down major threats but not being an official, government-sanctioned member of the team. In his case, he abstained from joining due to his distrust of the American government and disapproval of the ways in which it used the team. Unlike most examples, he was always rather jovial and willing to help the team.

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* Thor was this at the beginning of ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, helping the Ultimates take down major threats but not being an official, government-sanctioned member of the team. In his case, he abstained from joining due to his distrust of the American government and disapproval of the ways in which it used the team.


* Modern versions of Franchise/{{Batman}} are usually this to every other hero in the DC Universe, most famously to Franchise/{{Superman}} and the Franchise/JusticeLeague, though he tends to form closer bonds with both over time.

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* Modern versions of Franchise/{{Batman}} are usually this to every other hero in the DC Universe, most famously to Franchise/{{Superman}} and the Franchise/JusticeLeague, though he tends to form closer bonds with both over time. Given that he's a founding member of the team in most continuities, and he and Supes end up on a first-name basis rather quickly, you have to wonder if he's as aloof as he likes to think he is.

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* Modern versions of Franchise/{{Batman}} are usually this to every other hero in the DC Universe, most famously to Franchise/{{Superman}} and the Franchise/JusticeLeague, though he tends to form closer bonds with both over time.

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