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Basic Trope: A character is always there when their friends need them.

  • Straight: Whenever Alice, Charlie, or Daniel need something done, Bob is always happy to help them.
  • Exaggerated: Whenever anyone, anywhere in the world needs some help, Bob is always there to help.
  • Downplayed: Bob is happy to help a lot of the time, but there is a lot of time when he has to do his own thing.
  • Justified:
    • It's Bob's job to help those around him with whatever they need.
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    • Bob realizes that occasionally in an Ensemble Cast, there's one person who keeps everything running smoothly, and that in his group, he's that person, and merely acts accordingly.
  • Inverted: Whenever Bob needs help with something, everyone tries to help him.
  • Subverted: Bob helps Alice with the things she needs initially, but later doesn't want to help anymore.
  • Double Subverted: ...Because he's busy helping someone else out.
  • Parodied: Bob decides to take a vacation for a week. Since he's such a hardworking guy, the rest of his crew gladly let him. After a while, the crew notice that things aren't really getting done and phrases like "Hey, Bob, can you...oh, wait, he's not here. Dang." start to become more and more common.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is willing to help people on certain days, but on others, he doesn't help anyone out.
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  • Averted: Bob is no more likely to help anyone out than any other character.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Someone needs help? I expect Bob to appear any second now..."
  • Invoked: Knowing that Bob will be willing to help out, Charlie sets out on a very ambitious project that he knows he can't do himself.
  • Exploited: Alice asks for Bob's help on a project, because she knows he will help and she wants to spend time with him.
  • Defied: Bob briefly considers that his mutation might give him the ability to heal at a superhuman rate... before dismissing it as ridiculous.
  • Discussed: "The best kind of person is one that is always there to help out his friends... y'know, kind of like Bob."
  • Conversed: "Bob is my favorite character. Why? Because he always looks out for all the other members of The Team."
  • Implied: Bob is seen helping people more often than not.
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  • Deconstructed: In the process of helping everyone in town, Bob overextends himself to the point of exhaustion and starts doing more harm than good.
  • Reconstructed: Bob takes a week or two off to rest, and takes care to leave a few hours to himself every week, so he won't wear down again.

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