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  • Captain America #270 features Cap's support of his gay friend Arnie. It's incredibly sweet, and it becomes downright awesome when he de-brainwashes Arnie and frees him from the Red Skull via a Rousing Speech, combined with a Gay Aesop. Keep in mind, this was in the 1980s.
    Cap: "You are not a freak! You are as good and decent a man as I’ve ever known! They can’t corrupt your love for Michael with their lies… They’re the disease!"
  • This trope is the source of one of the epic moments in Infinite Crisis. Wally West and Bart Allen try to trap Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force but Wally is torn away by the forces involved and Bart is left alone.
    Kid Flash: Wally! Wally, where are you going?! I can't do this! I can't do this alone!
    Superboy-Prime: You're right. You're even weaker than the rest. You've always been stupid. I watched you. Stupid little kid. Left all alone.
    Kid Flash: Shut up! I'm - not - stupid!
    ????: Bart.
    (Hand reaches out of the Speed Force, securing Superboy-Prime. It is followed by a face - it is Barry Allen, Kid Flash's grandfather in his Flash costume.)
    Barry Allen: You're not alone either.
    Kid Flash: Grandpa?
    • Newsarama ran an annotations/comments thread for Infinite Crisis. Their assessment of this scene was "And if you happened to be reading this scene in the shop when the thirty-year-old geek burst out crying, well, we hope you gave him a hug, is all."
  • Deadpool has this said to him by Siryn. He wants to kill Dr. Killebrew for making him into a monster and causing him so much trauma. Siryn tells him that murdering the doctor won't help, but if he leaves with her now, he'd have a friend for life to go through his troubles with.
  • Green Lantern's Story Arc, Sinestro Corps War, has an awesome one between Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner.
    For guys like us, overcoming fear is what we do best, but when it comes to guilt, regret... loss. Even Green Lanterns struggle with those. But we don't have to do it alone.
    The duo proceed to tear their way out of Parallax.
    • Earlier in the storyline, Hal Jordan is trapped in the anti-matter universe, about to be murdered by Sinestro Corps member Amon Sur, when...
    Amon Sur: It's ironic, isn't it, Jordan?... You dying here. Killed by Sinestro's army. Alone. You've been despised and abandoned by your Corps.
    The Cavalry: Despised is one thing. But abandoned? THAT the Green Lantern Corps don't do.
  • Batman: Dark Victory has such a scene. When a young Dick Grayson is taken in by Bruce Wayne after his parents were killed, he sadly tells Alfred, "I'm... I'm all alone now, Mr. Pennyworth." Alfred recalls a very similar scene years ago when eight year old Bruce said, "I'm... I'm all alone now Alfred", and Alfred couldn't think of anything to say to him as he walked out of the room. Back to the scene with Dick, Alfred decides not to make the same mistake.
    Alfred: I am going to tell you something that I wish I had told another little boy years ago. You are not alone. I imagine you never will be again.
  • Superman:
    • All-Star Superman: In one of Superman's most human scenes of his entire history, Superman - who is dying, running out of time - talks a girl out of suicide.
      "It's never as bad as it seems. You're much stronger than you think you are."
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    • In Krypton No More, Superman is feeling lonely and abandoned, and his cousin Kara goes to great -and extreme- lengths to show him he is not alone.
  • Supergirl:
    • Supergirl gives this speech to Lar-On -a Kryptonian werewolf who lost his family and got stranded in Earth- in Supergirl (Rebirth) #1:
      Supergirl: People feared me, too. At first. This doesn't have to be you. You're not alone. Stop this. Let me help you. My father may have abandoned you... But I never will.
    • In Action Comics #850, Supergirl has to take over her cousin's body to save his life. Before leaving, she uses her heat vision to write on the wall: "Hang in there, big guy. You're not in this alone."
    • At the end of the first issue of Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Kara gets a present from Superman, and a note saying "You are not alone — S"
  • New Mutants: Danielle Moonstar to Rahne Sinclair after a battle alongside her: "Without you those policemen would have died. You're not alone. Moira loves you, and I..."
  • Alan Scott's speech to the scattered survivors of Anti-Life in Final Crisis.
    Alan Scott: You are not alone! And it's not over yet!
  • The Bronze Age Teen Titans were made on this Trope. The Battlecry was "TITANS TOGETHER!"
  • Valerie's letter in V for Vendetta: even though Valerie died years ago, her words still comfort Evey.
  • Inverted, in a way, in Watchmen: What finally breaks Walter Kovacs and creates Rorschach, turning him from a mere vigilante into a true example of He Who Fights Monsters, is the knowledge that "we are alone. There is nothing else". Rorschach uses a Hannibal Lecture to explain this concept.
    • It's later played straight when Dan explains to Rorschach that, despite his flaws, Dan is still his friend. It helps ease up some of the problems between them and they're able to work together for the rest of the story.
  • In Dark Empire, Leia retrieves a fallen Luke from the Emperor pretty easily. In the radio drama, though, it's expanded on in a sequence where we see how Luke's been Mind Raped, with the Emperor making him believe "You are nothing", "You have no name", and "You are alone". When Leia breaks through this, Luke pulling free is marked with embracing their bond in The Force and shouting "I am not alone! I am never alone!"
  • In New Avengers, Doctor Strange comes to them at two of the lowest moments in his life, not expecting their help or even asking for it, but is pulled into their circle in a way that screams this trope. After the second time, he joins the team.
  • At the end of The Return of Bruce Wayne, Bruce Wayne finally realizes that the reason why he's been so successful as Batman and survived for so long is because he's always been surrounded by people who care about him and share his determination to protect others and serve justice. This revelation gives him the strength to banish Darkseid's presence from his mind, body, and soul.
  • In Robin #156, Tim stops a would be jumper by deducing enough about him to make him curious about what Robin has to say and then sitting with him and convincing him that he is not alone.
  • Meta example: This post from Gail Simone to people who want to make comics but feel inadequate (which applies just as much to any other creative endeavor.)
  • In Unstoppable Wasp, Priya uses this to help talk down a suicidal Nadia, stating that if she "went away", everyone who loved her - her adopted stepmother Janet van Dyne, fellow badass scientist Bobbi Morse, her teammates within the Champions and even poor beleaguered Jarvis - would be hurt by her loss and guilt-ridden by the fact that they couldn't save her.
  • Inverted quite tragically in Heroes in Crisis: Wally West discovering that he's not the only superhero that is utterly screwed up in the head (and has suffered all kinds of traumatic hell) because he reconstructed the video confessional files of Sanctuary doesn't helps him get any peace of mind, but rather enables a colossal Freak Out! that makes him lose control of the Speed Force and causes an accidental mass murder. The arc's coda plays this message more straight because more heroes accept that they need therapy and become more open, but nothing has been done to Sanctuary to prevent a similar mess from happening again.


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