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Basic Trope: What makes a character strong is his friends.

  • Straight: With the help of his friends, Bob becomes strong enough to defeat Emperor Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: Everyone in the world is Bob's friend, and together, they all defeated the ultra-powerful, incomprehensible deity to save the universe with a friendship powered Zerg Rush.
  • Downplayed: Bob's friends help him out but he does most of the work.
  • Justified:
    • As much as Bob is a powerful hero, Emperor Evulz is two times more powerful than him, and he can't defeat him without their help.
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    • Bob's advantage is less from any special powers friendship gives him, and more that having powerful friends fighting on his side gives him an eight to one advantage against Evulz.
    • Combined Energy Attack.
    • Evulz and minions backstabbing each other at the worst possible moments is what gives Bob and his friends the upper hand.
    • Bob and the gang become Combat Pragmatists, and proceed to gang stomp the living shit out of Evulz.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It were to look like that Bob was going to win the battle via the support of his friends, but Evulz counteracts this by blasting Bob with a laser beam...
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...but Bob was only out for a few minutes. What made him survive the attack is his friends pleading him to get up and finally defeat Emperor Evulz.
    • Alternatively, Bob cannot continue the fight after being shot with a laser... So his friends finish it for him, and they take Evulz down hard.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob and his friends sing an annoying song about how making and having friends is awesome, much to the displeasure of the cynical loners.
    • Bob and his friends sing about friendship which causes Emperor Evulz to have a nervous breakdown while covering his ears.
    • Bob and his friends establish a religion called "Friendshipism", which is based around persuading loners to become friends.
    • Bob and his friends act like prejudiced, self-righteous jerks who would make others feel bad about being loners.
    • Friendship is a literal source of energy. For example, your TV will always work as long as you watch it alongside a friend, even during blackouts.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob's friends shift between a Badass Crew and The Load depending on the episode.
  • Averted: The reliance of friends is never encouraged to resolve a problem; villains or otherwise.
  • Enforced: "Let's teach the viewers that friendship is the key to success."
  • Lampshaded: "This was a team effort! I didn't win, we won."
  • Invoked:
    • Bob and his friends try to win over a loner by saying their friendship speeches.
    • Bob tries to persuade a group of disgruntled allies to defeat Emperor Evulz together.
  • Exploited: Bob uses his friends' support only for the sake of glorifying himself.
  • Defied:
    • "Friends? No thanks! I can defeat Emperor Evulz by myself. I don't need the extra help."
    • Evulz acknowledges that a team of heroes is a greater threat to his Evil Plan than one hero, so he throws them an Apple of Discord.
    • "Sorry, but I'm a loner. I'm not really interested in this whole friendship thing."
    • There are villains where the power of friendship backfires on the hero.
    • The villains know Bob’s using the power of friendship so they develop technology to counter it.
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  • Implied: Bob is frequently compared to a hero in the backstory who went out on a similar adventure and failed to defeat their villain. The backstory adventurer is stated to be a loner.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob has learned to fight more independently while under his friends' wings; even with them dead or alienated from him, he can fight better and generally operate better than he could before he'd met them. Furthermore, Evulz mistakes his allies and associates for friends, making a poor justification for his actions. His "friends" don't work well and are disgusted by his actions and the effects they have. Whereas, Bob and his friends are True Companions who kindly help each other and even the "friends" of Evulz.
    • At least nepotism and cronyism mean that the people around the throne are probably all on the same side.
    • Bob learns from the loss and kicks up his own training far more to match his enemy; with the power of friendship proving valuable in overpowering them.
    • When the result of having friends is being able to shrug off more damage than a T-800, becoming stronger than Hercules, more ferocious than Wolverine and shooting lasers as powerful as the Death Star at half-power (which is still a hell of a lot of power), then whining about how "my friends are my power" is a stupid cliche is just idiotic.
    • Even if the more magical and sentimental implications of this trope have become a cliche, there is still nothing wrong at all with networking, fostering loyalty, pooling resources and knowledge, obtaining differing points of view for discussing a situation, and plain old strength in numbers.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob and Co. rely on "the power of friendship". What they mean by that is that they will dogpile their enemies to death.

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