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** Taken UpToEleven by the ''ComicBook/MaximumCarnage'' storyline. Spider-Man ''did'' assemble a team of allies (and not just Venom, but up to and including ComicBook/CaptainAmerica), and the Fantastic Four's absence was a plot point, but the X-Men completely missed the fight, and the Avengers as a group weren't around either. Carnage's family of evil had sent New York completely into chaos by the end; you'd think at some point they'd call out the big guns and make a CrisisCrossover out of it. But Carnage is a Spider-Man villain, so they can't take the plotline out of Spider-Man and Venom's hands.


* ''Film/SpiderManFarFromHome'': When Peter argues that the current problem might be too much for a [[SmallStepsHero "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man"]] and suggests calling in more powerful heroes like Thor or Captain Marvel, he's told that the former is off-planet and the latter is unavailable.

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* ''Film/SpiderManFarFromHome'': When Peter argues that the current problem might be too much for a [[SmallStepsHero "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man"]] and suggests calling in more powerful heroes like Thor or Captain Marvel, he's told that the former is off-planet and the latter is unavailable.

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* Fifth edition ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Universe'' (the official setting) imposed this trope on Gotham-{{Expy}} Hudson City. Despite existing in the same world as Millenium City and other cities with superheroes, Hudson City only had vigilantes fighting crime, and none of the villain organizations of the "main" Champions Universe ever tried to expand into Hudson City. It worked in reverse as well; the Harbinger of Justice could probably take out some supervillains with only a little planning, but since he never left Hudson City ....
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''. [[ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs The prequel comic]] starts with Superman and Batman talking in Metropolis. Later, ComicBook/TheJoker causes trouble in Metropolis and the Justice League tries to deal with him. They fail, and [[spoiler:his plan to kill ComicBook/JimmyOlsen, ComicBook/LoisLane and ultimately all of Metropolis]] goes off without a hitch. This leads to the {{dystopia}} years later in the main game, where [[spoiler:Franchise/{{Superman}}]] has taken over the world KnightTemplar style along with other {{fallen hero}}es and [[spoiler:Franchise/{{Batman}}]] leads other heroes in the LaResistance against [[spoiler:Franchise/{{Superman}}]]'s forces.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''. [[ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs The prequel comic]] starts with Superman and Batman talking in Metropolis. Later, ComicBook/TheJoker causes trouble in Metropolis and the Justice League tries to deal with him. They fail, and [[spoiler:his his plan to kill ComicBook/JimmyOlsen, ComicBook/LoisLane and ultimately all of Metropolis]] Metropolis goes off without a hitch. This leads to the {{dystopia}} years later in the main game, where [[spoiler:Franchise/{{Superman}}]] Franchise/{{Superman}} has taken over the world KnightTemplar style along with other {{fallen hero}}es and [[spoiler:Franchise/{{Batman}}]] Franchise/{{Batman}} leads other heroes in the LaResistance against [[spoiler:Franchise/{{Superman}}]]'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s forces.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'': The entire Justice League is shown partying midway through the film, but none of them show up when all the villains in the Phantom Zone are let out and Gotham risks falling into an abyss. Subverted/parodied in the ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' parody, where all the superheroes do show up and so instantly override the Bat-Family's attempt to save their city.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'': The entire Justice League is shown partying midway through the film, but none of them show up when all the villains in the Phantom Zone are let out and Gotham risks falling into an abyss. Subverted/parodied Parodied in the ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' parody, where all the superheroes do show up and so instantly override the Bat-Family's attempt to save their city.


** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Robin makes a brief appearance, but by this time
[[spoiler: it is revealed Joker infected thousands of people with his tainted blood]] and Batman instructs him to return to Gotham because he knows that Robin will soon be needed there. So Gotham is saved by Batman and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} despite the fact that the Justice League would have been all over it even without Bruce calling for help at the start of act 5, though this could be explained as the fact that Batman shut it down not long after it started. Also in a [=DLC=] it is revealed that Robin was behind the scenes stopping Black Mask.

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** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Robin makes a brief appearance, but by this time
time [[spoiler: it is revealed Joker infected thousands of people with his tainted blood]] and Batman instructs him to return to Gotham because he knows that Robin will soon be needed there. So Gotham is saved by Batman and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} despite the fact that the Justice League would have been all over it even without Bruce calling for help at the start of act 5, though this could be explained as the fact that Batman shut it down not long after it started. Also in a [=DLC=] it is revealed that Robin was behind the scenes stopping Black Mask.


** ''Film/JusticeLeague'' oddly enough does this despite being the series first CrisisCrossover. Specifically, the Green Lantern Corps are showing as as one of the groups fighting the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] army in the flashback, only to [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse not be mentioned again.]] Why they don't show to stop the BigBad in the present day, or took of the [[DismantledMaguffin Mother Boxes]] is never addressed.

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** ''Film/JusticeLeague'' oddly enough does this despite being the series first CrisisCrossover. Specifically, the Green Lantern Corps are showing as as one of the groups fighting the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] army in the flashback, only to [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse not be mentioned again.]] Why they don't show to stop the BigBad in the present day, or took of the [[DismantledMaguffin [[DismantledMacguffin Mother Boxes]] is never addressed.

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** ''Film/JusticeLeague'' oddly enough does this despite being the series first CrisisCrossover. Specifically, the Green Lantern Corps are showing as as one of the groups fighting the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] army in the flashback, only to [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse not be mentioned again.]] Why they don't show to stop the BigBad in the present day, or took of the [[DismantledMaguffin Mother Boxes]] is never addressed.

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** In the first episode, Green Arrow lampshades this trope, getting angry when Green Lantern takes down some criminals that he was fighting and calling him a big name hero who has now decided that fighting street crime is his thing.


** Usually [[JustifiedTropd justified]], since Aquaman's solo adventures typically take place underwater.

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** Usually [[JustifiedTropd [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since Aquaman's solo adventures typically take place underwater.


** Granted Spider-Man does mention that the Avengers are hardly ever in New York due to battling threats all over the world and the same could be said for others like Dr. Strange, and Black Panther (who runs an entire country), and Daredevil and the other street vigilantes could be handling more minor threats.



** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Robin makes a brief appearance, but by this time [[spoiler: it is revealed Joker infected thousands of people with his tainted blood]] and Batman instructs him to return to Gotham because he knows that Robin will soon be needed there. So Gotham is saved by Batman and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} despite the fact that the Justice League would have been all over it even without Bruce calling for help at the start of act 5, though this could be explained as the fact that Batman shut it down not long after it started. Also in a [=DLC=] it is revealed that Robin was behind the scenes stopping Black Mask.

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** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Robin makes a brief appearance, but by this time time
[[spoiler: it is revealed Joker infected thousands of people with his tainted blood]] and Batman instructs him to return to Gotham because he knows that Robin will soon be needed there. So Gotham is saved by Batman and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} despite the fact that the Justice League would have been all over it even without Bruce calling for help at the start of act 5, though this could be explained as the fact that Batman shut it down not long after it started. Also in a [=DLC=] it is revealed that Robin was behind the scenes stopping Black Mask.


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** Typically [[JutifiedTrope justified]], since Aquaman's solo adventures typically take place underwater.

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** Typically [[JutifiedTrope Usually [[JustifiedTropd justified]], since Aquaman's solo adventures typically take place underwater.



** Played staright, then subverted late into his Comicbook/New52 run. Thule, a DarkWorld counterpart of Atlantis is invading Earth, spreading poisonous waters and launching attacks on cities. Aquaman single-handedly fights off the invasion and rescues refugees from Thule while staying one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis under the command of his evil sister-in-law, without once calling any of his allies for help. Subverted when he bumps into the Justice League, who have noticed what's going on and showed up to help. He admits that trying to handle a trans-dimensional incursion by himself was dumb and eagerly accepts their aid.

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** Played staright, straight, then subverted late into his Comicbook/New52 run. Thule, a DarkWorld counterpart of Atlantis is invading Earth, spreading poisonous waters and launching attacks on cities. Aquaman single-handedly fights off the invasion and rescues refugees from Thule while staying one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis under the command of his evil sister-in-law, without once calling any of his allies friends for help. Subverted when he bumps into the Justice League, who have noticed what's going on and showed up to help. He admits that trying to handle a trans-dimensional incursion by himself was dumb and eagerly accepts their aid.


** Played staright, then subverted late into his Comicbook/New52 run. Thule, a DarkWorld counterpart of Atlantis is invading Earth, spreading poisonous waters and launching attacks on cities. Aquaman single-handedly fights off the invasion and rescues refugees from Thule while staying one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis under the command of his evil sister-in-law, without once calling any of his allies for help. Subverted when he bumps into the Justice League, who have noticed what's going on and showed up to help. He admits that trying to handle a trans-dimensional incursion by himself was dumb and eagelry accepts their aid.

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** Played staright, then subverted late into his Comicbook/New52 run. Thule, a DarkWorld counterpart of Atlantis is invading Earth, spreading poisonous waters and launching attacks on cities. Aquaman single-handedly fights off the invasion and rescues refugees from Thule while staying one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis under the command of his evil sister-in-law, without once calling any of his allies for help. Subverted when he bumps into the Justice League, who have noticed what's going on and showed up to help. He admits that trying to handle a trans-dimensional incursion by himself was dumb and eagelry eagerly accepts their aid.


* DoubleSubversion in the first issue of [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Aquaman’s]] 2003 series, where he is exiled from Atlantis and left chained to a rock on shore to die. He immediately tries to call the Justice League for help, only to find that the bad guys destroyed his communicator and are magically blocking his telepathic connection to ComicBook/MartianManhunter.

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* [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}:
** Typically [[JutifiedTrope justified]], since Aquaman's solo adventures typically take place underwater.
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DoubleSubversion in the first issue of [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Aquaman’s]] his 2003 series, where he is exiled from Atlantis and left chained to a rock on shore to die. He immediately tries to call the Justice League for help, only to find that the bad guys destroyed his communicator and are magically blocking his telepathic connection to ComicBook/MartianManhunter.ComicBook/MartianManhunter.
** Played staright, then subverted late into his Comicbook/New52 run. Thule, a DarkWorld counterpart of Atlantis is invading Earth, spreading poisonous waters and launching attacks on cities. Aquaman single-handedly fights off the invasion and rescues refugees from Thule while staying one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis under the command of his evil sister-in-law, without once calling any of his allies for help. Subverted when he bumps into the Justice League, who have noticed what's going on and showed up to help. He admits that trying to handle a trans-dimensional incursion by himself was dumb and eagelry accepts their aid.

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