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  • Our Miss Brooks: Miss Brooks can always be counted on to standby her friends; even Mr. Conklin who often plays the role of Friendly Enemy.
    • On multiple occasions, she protects Walter Denton from having one of his practical jokes exposed and backfiring on him. "Cure That Habit" and "Mr. Conklin is Honored" are cases in point.
    • Miss Brooks is eager to protect Mr. Boynton, naturally enough. "Mr. Conklin Plays Detective", where Miss Brooks believes Mr. Boynton used Mr. Conklin's phone to make a long distance call, is a case in point. Likewise, "The Jewel Robbery", where Miss Brooks wrongly believes Mr. Boynton robbed a store.
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    • Miss Brooks saves Mr. Conklin's job in "Wake Up Plan" and "Saving the School Newspaper". When Miss Brooks wrongly concludes Mr. Conklin has been fired in "Rumors", she sets up a laundry to raise money.
    • Miss Brooks saves Mrs. Davis from a hurried marriage in "Marriage Madness".
  • Simon Tam's rescue of his sister in Firefly. One of the best examples ever. As it happens both The Government and her parents who were supposed to protect her, betrayed her. And her big brother did not.
    • "I didn't think you'd come for me." "Well you're a dummy".
    • "You take care of me, Simon. You always take care of me. My turn."
    • Don't you dare forget that Simon stood beside her on that pyre!
    • And of course, the whole crew coming to rescue Simon and River from that pyre in the Trope Namer for Big Damn Heroes.
    • The whole crew storming into Nishka's fortress to rescue Mal without a moment's hesitation.
    • Mal protects his old war-buddy from an evil Alliance official in The Message. Even though he had just mortally wounded said buddy when he tried to take one of Mal's crew hostage out of desperation. When you can't walk you crawl, and when you can't do that... you find someone to carry you.
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    • Mal comes to Inara's aid in Serenity even knowing it was a trap, because he knew she wouldn't ask him into a trap unless she were already caught in it herself.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Concern for his friend Robert's safety is a major motivation for Ned to accept the office of King's Hand as Ned read a letter sent by Lysa Arryn that accuses the Lannisters of killing Jon Arryn and plotting to kill Robert Baratheon. This letter was sent to him by Lysa, on Littlefinger's behest, to specifically invoke this trope.
    • Podrick refuses to betray Tyrion in exchange for a knighthood, even though the alternative is likely persecution.
    • Averted when Bronn jumps ship the minute he gets a better offer, just like he always said he would.
  • In Teen Wolf, Stiles doesn't waver when his best friend goes through his...wolfish tendencies. He offers support and stands by his side even when he tried to kill him in one of his transformations. So far, he's The Confidant and the Secret Keeper to Scott.
    • Hidden Depths: Stiles is also seen somewhat frustrated with Scott at times, particularly in "The Tell" when he's got things to tell him, but Scott doesn't have his phone on.
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  • In Torchwood, after Ianto deceived them all, nearly killing them all, by hiding a Cyberman whom he did not realize was no longer the woman he loved, and the Cyberman was killed, Ianto grieved. Much to his surprise, Jack touched his arm in a gesture of support.
  • Sarah and Chuck unhesitatingly went rogue to try and help their partner Casey when they thought he'd been falsely accused of treason.
    • Similarly, Casey has covered for Sarah and Chuck with Beckman more than once when they bent the rules.
    • In defense of Chuck, his best buddy Morgan attempted to attack a ninja in the pilot. Said ninja promptly beat the crap out of him, but it's the thought that counts.
  • In Star Trek: The Original Series, the Enterprise crew often risk their lives to help a fellow member. In "Amok Time", Kirk was willing to disobey a direct order from Starfleet to help Spock get to Vulcan, fortunately Spock's family matriarch pulls some strings to make sure the Captain is not in trouble. In "Turnabout Intruder", Spock was the first one to believe that Kirk was in another body and defended him when the imposter tried to kill Kirk. In "The Empath", Mc Coy knocked out both Kirk and Spock so that they won't be subjected to a torture that would either kill them or leave them insane and he would be chosen instead of them.
  • In Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback," which has Tuvok remembering his time serving on the USS Excelsior under then-Captain Sulu during the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country when Kirk and Bones are in dire peril.
    Sulu: You'll find that more happens on the bridge of a starship than just carrying out orders and observing regulations. There is a sense of loyalty to the men and women you serve with. A sense of family. Those two men on trial... I served with them for a long time. I owe them my life a dozen times over. And right now they're in trouble and I'm going to help them; let the regulations be damned.
    Tuvok: Sir, that is a most illogical line of reasoning.
    Sulu: You better believe it. Helm, engage!
  • In the first episode of Sherlock, when Sherlock is with a serial killer and is on the verge of taking one of the (purportedly) poisoned pills the man had been using to kill his victims, John arrives and shoots the killer through the window from the next building.
    • Sherlock returns the favor in the second episode by saving John and his date Sarah when they're captured by the Black Lotus.
    • John does the same thing when said gangster tries to kill BOTH Sarah and Sherlock, despite being tied to a chair at the time. Things end badly for the gangster.
    • And again when the professional killer grabs Sherlock in a headlock in an attempt to strangle him or snap his neck.
    • In the third episode, when the Big Bad is strapping innocent people to bombs as part of his mind games with Sherlock, John calls Sherlock out for not caring that there are lives at stake. Sherlock shrugs this off, reasoning that caring about people won't help save them, so he won't make the mistake of doing so. Then John gets strapped to a bomb. Guess who decides to start caring?
    • And when John's life is threatened in the series two finale, guess who has to fake their death for him?
    • And when John is thrown in a bonfire- Sherlock gets him out of it.
    • Also, he does shoot Magnusson when John's being screwed with, as well as Mary. Which, in turn, screwed things up for him.
  • In the Doctor Who story The War Machines, when another man is hassling Polly, Ben tells him to stop and does not retreat from a fight. (Polly starts complaining, but Dodo urges that he was only trying to help.) Then the Doctor shows up looking for Dodo, and Ben stays with them until they close shop, and continues to be involved in the adventure for no more reason than that they need help.
  • Friends: When Monica is stung by a jellyfish Chandler, going above and beyond the call of duty, pees on her to stop the pain. Not only does this disgust their other friends but kills his chances of ever becoming 'boyfriend material' in her eyes. Or so it appears at the time. Joey also tries to help but gets stage fright.
  • From Supernatural: Sam's gone off to unknowingly break the last seal and Dean's been put on ice by the angels. His only hope is to convince his one angelic ally Castiel to help him out.
  • The original Battlestar Galactica has Apollo and Boomer help clear Starbuck's name in one episode, "Murder on the Rising Star". Starbuck was framed for murder of his rival Ortega by Baltar's former pilot, Karibdis.
  • Starsky & Hutch are willing to go out of their own ways to help each other when each is shot, poisoned or even framed for murder.


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