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A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A profound test of character: someone is in trouble and in need of help. Will you stand by him? Help him? Give him moral support? Let others know that you do so, and face their contempt?
It will cost you. It may cost you a great deal.
While pre-existing friendship is possible, demonstrating The Power of Friendship in a Friendship Moment, the character may also be a Mentor, an acquaintance (perhaps nothing more than someone they are Lonely Together with), or even a stranger who sees the character in need and trusts him. It can create friendship and even the True Companions, and it is certainly the point at which a character knows he has friends. (If they are Vitriolic Best Buds, this may be the point at which the audience realizes they are friends.)
It can also be the way the Worthy Opponent demonstrates his worthiness, and the Friendly Enemy his friendliness, by some act such as acting as Character Witness for The Hero, or preventing him from being stabbed In the Back. In a Betty and Veronica triangle, Betty is the one who will come through—often the point at which Love Is Oblivious trope stops.
Chronic Hero Syndrome is a tendency to a certain type of this trope.
Super-Trope of Good Samaritan, I Got You Covered, Changed My Mind, Kid, Gondor Calls for Aid, and Greater Need Than Mine. Compare Fire-Forged Friends. Contrast Fair Weather Mentor and Fair-Weather Friend. In a more cynical series villains or even protagonists may wind up Dying Alone instead. Also cynical if the person in need happens to be a true Odd Man Out.
Anime And Manga
- Bleach: All the captains of Soul Society and the Vizards joined in the battle against Aizen to help out Ichigo and give him a chance to strike Aizen, letting him know right from the get go that he wasn't alone in this fight.
- When Rukia was taken back to Soul Society, Ichigo was determined to go rescue her. Same thing when Orihime got captured by Aizen.
- Also with Chad, who refused to fight a bunch of thugs and Ichigo came to help him.
Ichigo: "All right. Let's do this, Chad. You keep doing your thing and don't fight for yourself. But fight for me and I will fight for you. If you ever put your life on the line to protect something, then I'll put my life on the line to protect it too."
- Gankutsuou: Franz. He took his best friend's Albert's place in a duel with The Count, an event both knew would have negative outcomes. Tragically, this causes him to die during the duel; Albert is too late to stop it. Sucks.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Used in a pretty dark way - Rena killed a woman who tried to seduce her father for his money (and the woman's lover) and tried to hide it from her friends; however, when they discover the truth, they unanimously agree to help her dispose of the bodies.
- In the same arc, When Rena is affected by the same paranoid delusions Keiichi had fallen to in the first arc, the friends all group together to save her, rather than abandoning her to the unfortunate fate despite/because Keiichi knows that Rena had tried to save him risking her life before.
- In another arc, Shion decides in Keiichi's place to go kill Satoko's uncle. When Keiichi fails to convince her out of it, he and Rena decide to go along to make sure she's all right and help in the murder.
- In case it's not too obvious, the "arc" of the entire series more or less happens to be eternally repeating Groundhog Day-style loop
- Also on a lighter note, the origins of the game club (revealed in the Festival Music chapter) were to help the Hojo siblings cope with the crap they are put through. Partially successful.
- One Piece: Mr. 2 Bon Kurei (real name Bentham, nickname Bon-chan). His every action outside of when he was part of a Quirky Miniboss Squad is motivated by feelings of friendship and prompts him to take risks even when he has no obligation to do so.
- In the Alabasta arc, he met and befriended the Straw Hat pirates for all of five minutes before being retrieved by his ship and discovering they were enemies. After the arc ended and they were no longer foes, Bon-chan helped the Straw Hats in their escape from a Marine blockade. While this part was somewhat self-serving since it helps his own escape prospects, when the Straw Hats risk it all to give a farewell to a friend, Bon Chan is so touched he ends up risking his own capture to ensure they can pull it off and get away.
- Later, during the "Meet Baroque" cover story arc, Bon Kurei gave his aid to Miss Goldenweek and Mr. 5's attempts to rescue Ms. Valentine and the other incarcerated Officer Agents of Baroque Works. This act does result in his capture and sentence to Level Three of Impel Down.
- After getting out of his cell in the prison Impel Down, Bon-chan offers to help the currently intruding Luffy reach his destination because it coincides with is own goal. He suffers a moment of weakness here and leaves Luffy behind to face Chief Warden Magellan alone, but comes back to rescue Luffy afterward and helps find treatment for his severe poisoning from the loss. The cause for this moment of weakness is that he knows Magellan's reputation and by the end of the arc, it was shown Magellan was powerful enough to simultaneously beat Luffy (the main character), some guy with a type advantage over Magellan's own abilities and several escaped prisoners armed with guns and cannons. After shouting for seven hours straight for Luffy to recover quickly, Bon-chan is himself recovered in time for the breakout. However, the only way the escaping prisoners can get past their final obstacle, The Gates of Justice, is if someone stays behind and opens them from within the prison. While Bon-chan successfully does this, he draws the full attention and killing intent of Magellan, who he promptly challenges alone, with his own eulogy in the background, all while declaring he has no regrets.
- In essence, this was how Luffy met or helped out his friends, gaining their loyalty. Zoro was about to executed by the marines when Luffy jumped in. He beat the tar out of Arlong for making Nami cry. He helped out Usopp because he saw that Usopp was determined to protect his village. He helped Sanji protect Zeff's resturant ship. He stopped Wapol and defended Chopper's pirate flag. Robin wanted to die, but Luffy saved her. He accepted Franky into his crew, despite being enemies earlier. And he gave companionship and freedom to Brook.
- Saint Seiya: Shiryu. Even though most of the Bronze Saints are ready to go to great length for one another, Shiryu seems particularly prone to that especially toward Seiya. The most memorable example would be Shiryu willing to bath Seiya's Cloth with most of his blood, aware that it would cost his life, in order to repair it. Without his Cloth, Seiya would not have stood a chance to survive the threat he was facing at the time and thus Shiryu was willing to offer his life for a friend in need.
- Shiryu's biggest moment of this type was the fight against Perseus Algol, in which he BLINDS HIMSELF to be able to fight him out of his sheer determination to save his friends. An incredible example of Crowning Moment of Awesome, Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Tear Jerker all in one.
- Shun was willing to risk his life to revive Hyoga in the House of Libra.
- Shokojo Sera: Sara and her friends, especially Ermengarde, Becky and Peter, have one of these moments almost every other episode.
- .hack//Sign gives most of the main characters a moment or two like this.
- THE iDOLM@STER - - Centric part of the plot for the whole show, more visible during both Chihaya's and Haruka's Heroic BSOD's.
- The game THE iDOLM@STER 2 also has its share.
- If there's something that proves Shinnosuke Nohara's Jerk with a Heart of Gold status, is this trope. He may be an incredibly annoying and perverted kid, but when things are serious, he's always there for his friends, whether they want to or not.
- This trope is even a plot point in one episode. It starts with Kazama befriending three kids of his English class and wanting to be part of their "elite", even ignoring Shinnosuke when the kids insult him and his weird mannerisms. This trope comes into play the next day: The three kids immediately abandon Kazama for failing their English test (since he got sick the night before); while Shinnosuke helped him when he was at his lowest and accompanied him to his house, having no hard feelings over what happened, much to Kazama's joy. This episode alone proves that, despite their constant bickering, there's an incredibly strong bond of true friendship between them.
- Flash: The Flash. He was desperately worried about his dying wife, but he had to look after his two children—until Arsenal cleverly brought his daughter to the League tower. This distracted the Flash's children enough so that Arsenal could look after them all, and Flash, after calling him a friend in need, could join his wife.
- Omaha the Cat Dancer has a scene when Omaha returns to Mipple City when she learns that her boyfriend, Charles Tabey Jr., has had a mental breakdown. When she visits him at the mental hospital, he is barely coherent with meds and she is extremely upset. On the trip to see him again a bit later, Omaha has a moment where she complains it's not worth visiting him. That's when their mutual friend, Huddle, responds "Well, I guess that depends on whether you are his friend." When Omaha protests, citing their relationship, Huddle answers, "Yes, you are his lover, but are you his friend? Are you prepared to stick with him, even when you don't get anything? If not, then we might as well turn back and go home now." At that, Omaha ponders the point, and tells Huddle to keep going to the hospital.
- Peter and many characters in Spider-Man, including Mary Jane and Flash. Even random people of New York show surprising courage and humanity when things get tough.
- Die Hard: In the first movie, the only person to believe John was the policeman Al, who didn't even know the guy.
- It's a Wonderful Life, the climax of the movie shows the entire town coming to rally around George Bailey.
- Newsies: This triggers Jack's change of heart after abandoning the strike; when he sees his friend David and Shallow Love Interest Sarah being threatened by Pulitzer's goons, he weighs in to help them, knowing that he's sacrificing the cushy position Pulitzer promised him.
- Tropic Thunder: Rick Peck Went all the way to Vietnam to personally give Tugg a TiVo and save him from the Flaming Dragons.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: When it mattered most, Jack Sparrow came through for Will Turner- he sacrificed his chance at immortality to save Will's life.
- In Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 Gaunt's Ghosts novel His Last Command, when Gaunt and his team are brought before a tribunal on suspicion of being Chaos-tainted, Ludd volunteers to defend them. Although he is a junior commissiar, he knows no one else will and that they will assigned someone who hates them if he doesn't.
- In Blood Pact, when Dalin Criid delivers a report, Hark knows there's another reason because it doesn't take two and he can see Merrt in the hall behind him. Merrt tells Hark that he came for moral support.
- In William King's Warhammer 40,000 Space Wolf novel Wolfblade, while Ragnar awaits his Trial of the Mystical Jury, his friend Sven stays with him, grousing about the injustice, until their old teacher Ranek comes to send him away, saying his loyalty does him credit but might harm him. Then Ranek explains that he will defend Ragnar, that he volunteered to do so, and that he believes he is not Chaos-tainted.
- At the end of Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand, when Cain is awaiting the judgment of the tribunal, the colonel and XO of his regiment wait with him.
- In Ben Counter's Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy novel Galaxy in Flames, Tarvitz realizes that the ship following him is under the command of a friend, Garro, and appeals to him, telling him of Horus's treacherous attack. Garro shoots down his pursuers, and then begs him to assure him that he told the truth.
- In CS Lewis's A Horse And His Boy, when Shasta tells the horse that he really needs someone who could tell him whether the nobleman is evil, Bree reveals his speech to tell him that he is. Which gives Bree the opening to suggest that they could run away together.
- Later, when they meet Aravis and Hwin, Aravis reveals that Hwin stopped her from killing herself before their decision to run away together.
- In Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files novel Death Masks, when Harry needs a second, Charity, although she despises him, truthfully says that Michael would have helped him, and Shiro volunteers to fill the role. Later, Shiro voluntarily takes Harry's place as Nicomedus's prisoner.
- In Dead Beat, Harry hears Billy and Georgia talking: Billy wants to help Harry, but Georgia is afraid that his trouble is too big for them, and so they would end up hindering him instead.
- And in Proven Guilty, Murphy comes along to help him pull a Big Damn Heroes moment even though she's in the middle of leading an investigation and got demoted from head of SI to sergeant for disappearing.
- As of Changes his friends all show up to help him when he needs it. Not all of them make it out, and Murphy at best is getting a half pay retirement.
- Ghost Story shows that there were further consequences. Molly's injury left her with a limp, and she's not all there, thanks to being a sensitive who went into battle, surrounded by the psychic effects of death and black magic, not to mention the bloodline curse.
- In Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey novel Strong Poison, two of Harriet's friends stick by her through the trial.
- Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter, who repeatedly risk their lives out of loyalty to Harry when they could easily choose to go about their normal teenaged lives instead. In Ron's case, he's willing to make a Heroic Sacrifice on Harry's behalf as early as the first book.
- In Nick Kyme's Warhammer 40,000 novel Salamanders, Daki'er, when troubled by his discovery of an artifact, appeals to Ba'ken to forget that he is his sergeant and speak to him as his friend; Ba'ken tells him that it does seem that he was intended to find it and touches his arm in support.
- In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Gods of Mars, when Xador loses favor because of his defeat at John Carter's hands, all his erstwhile friends fail this utterly, much to Carter's horror. Carter therefore intervenes on his behalf.
My blood was up. For minutes it had been boiling at the cowardly treatment they had been according this once powerful comrade because he had fallen from the favour of Issus. I had no love for Xodar, but I cannot stand the sight of cowardly injustice and persecution without seeing red as through a haze of bloody mist, and doing things on the impulse of the moment that I presume I never should do after mature deliberation.
- Later, when a companion proposes a way to escape, John Carter says he can't leave Xodar, and his companion agrees that recapture would be better than deserting a comrade.
- Still later, Kantos Kan, Carter's Fire-Forged Friends from A Princess Of Mars, pledges his support to Carter after hearing a death sentence on him. Fortunately, this inspires the crowds.
- In The Chessman of Mars, when Tara is on trial as a Corphal, U-Thor advises her:
"Yet you do not deny the accusation," said O-Tar.
- In A Fighting Man of Mars, when Tan Hadron has been condemned to The Death, his fellow prisoner Nur An condoles with him and tells him they will suffer together. Tan Hadron encourages him, reminding him they aren't dead yet.
- In Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals, Glenda and Trev both stick up for Nutt. Trev, in fact, tells Ridcully that Nutt is his friend, and he won't stand for him being hurt.
- In Winnie the Pooh,
- Christopher Robin pretends to believe that Pooh is a cloud to try to fool the bees and shoots down the balloon to get Pooh away from the bees.
- Christopher Robin reads to Pooh when he's stuck in Rabbit's front door.
- Pooh and Christopher Robin go to rescue Piglet in the flood, and Owl, well-intentioned, goes to encourage him with news that rescue is coming and tell him a story to divert his attention (accidentally endangering as it nearly puts Piglet to sleep and causes him to slip into the flood, but he meant well).
- Pooh helps Tigger finds something to eat.
- Tigger goes to rescue Rabbit when he's lost in the mist.
- Piglet volunteers his home for Owl to live in after Owl's is destroyed.
- Pooh says Piglet would come live with him if he lost his home.
- In Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Darnay returns to France to save the man who had adminstered his estates while he lived in England; and, of course, Sydney Carton.
- In Wen Spencer's Endless Blue, Mikhail recalls such moments between him and Turk: Turk's stopping him from committing suicide, and his attacking a man who had hurt Turk, because Turk had bitten the man, and by attacking, he ensured that this was not just a matter of a Red attacking a human.
- In Patricia C. Wrede's Thirteenth Child, William comes to visit Eff every day when she is recovering from rheumatic fever.
- In Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, David Logan sacrifices the cotton crop by setting it on fire, to distract the lynch mob from going after TJ. The cotton crop was the only thing generating income for the family at the time. His wife had lost her teaching job (at the fault of TJ), he was unable to return to his railway job because of an injury. Also, this takes place in the 30's.
- In Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, Badger, Rattie and Mole set out to prevent Toad's insane obsession with cars from ruining him. He escapes their attention by convincing Mole that he needs a doctor. Later, they help him reclaim Toad Hall.
- In JRR Tolkien's Return Of The King, Faramir overrules the healers in this much: Eowyn can go walk in the garden and look east.
- In John C. Wright's The Phoenix Exultant, assistance by the Old Woman of the Sea, Harrier, and various Neputanians keeps Phaethon alive and gets him to his ship.
- In John C. Wright's Chronicles of Chaos—the children for each other, all the time. Plus:
- Lelaps, set to track them, deliberately leads pursuit away.
- Hermes offers to Amelia to assist them. They wisely do not trust him but have to get his help.
- Romus helps against Mrs Wren and leaves Amelia and Quentin with gifts.
- Miss Daw can not fail to warn Boggins if they try to escape, but she does overlook everything that is not an escape attempt, and dallies when she must tell him. At her request, Corus also lets Amelia escape.
- Sam picks up Amelia when she tries to hitchhike. She jumps in front of him when Corus shoots.
- The ship picks them up in the middle of the sea. Victor weighs whether to help the ship even at the price of risking the universe because of this assistance; Colin refuses to not help. And when Amelia goes off to save them all, Vanity and Colin come after her.
- In Aaron Allston's Galatea in 2-D, when Roger escapes the attack on his life, he deduces that Donna has also been targeted. He goes to her, finds the paintings brought to life haunting her, and when this triggers an attack, gets her away safely.
- In Terry Pratchett's Only You Can Save Mankind, when Johnny realizes Bigmac has seen his friends crash the car they stole, he is running after him before he even thinks; he stops Bigmac from getting too close.
- In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero's Daughter, Astreus toward Mephisto, though it takes Miranda a while to figure out how, and then how badly he paid for it.
- In Prospero Regained, the siblings are always having to rescue each other. And come through.
- In PG Wodehouse's Hot Water, Packy sets out to help Jane and Blair Eggleston out of fellow feeling another pair of lovers. Later, Soup Slattery does something because among his few principles is to never let down a pal.
- In Teresa Frohock's Miserere an Autumn Tale, Lucian quickly goes to help Lindsey when he realizes she needs it, without having met her first.
- In Devon Monk's Dead Iron, when Rose is thrown out of the meeting where the Witch Hunt is started, she resolves that nothing can stop her from helping Mae.
- In Gene Stratton Porter's Michael O'Halloran, Douglas, in the opening, intervenes when Mickey is about to fight a boy twice his size for cheating him, and makes the other boy cough up the money. Shortly thereafter, Mickey takes in the crippled girl Peaches to prevent her going to the Orphanage of Fear.
- In Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom book Magic to the Bone, Zayvion does this, repeatedly, for Allie, such as giving her money for a taxi. She is suspicious of motives, though his working for her father does give her some reason.
- In John Hemry's Paul Sinclair series, most of the junior officers will stick together, as when they attend Wakeman's trial to provide moral support during Sinclair's testimony.
Live Action TV
- 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 besides her on that pyre!
- The whole team 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.
- Mal comes to Inara's aid in Serenity even knowing it was a trap.
- 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.
- 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 the pilot episode of Sherlock, when Sherlock is with the serial killer and about to take one of the pills in the killer's plot, 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 Sarah when they're captured by the Black Lotus.
- In the third episode, when an unknown criminal 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 of course, reasoning that caring about them 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.
- Doctor Who:
- In "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.
- In "The Name of the Doctor", this is revealed to be the reason for Clara's multiple echoes. The Doctor's timestream had been poisoned and corrupted at every point, turning all his victories into failures. With no option left, and a very high risk of dying, Clara jumped in after him, putting things right.
- 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 to help him out. Keeping in mind that this guy was tortured for liking Dean too much, it's kind of a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when Cas comes through.
- 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 and Hutch are willing to go out of their own ways to help each other when each is shot, poisoned or even framed for murder.
- Timon of Athens plays with this trope. Timon is very generous to his friends at the start of the play—he gives one friend money so he can get married, and bails another friend out of an execution sentence. When Timon goes bankrupt, you expect his friends to repay their debt, but they don't. This act of betrayal is so great Timon becomes a misanthropic hermit and swears to never be kind to anyone ever again.
- Shin Megami Tensei V: Tao, being the wonderful girl she is, wishes to help Sahori with her problems. She likely would have succeeded in helping Sahori deal with her bullies, had she not turned her away. But alas, Sahori decides to talk to Tao about her problems, and she doesn’t confess to being bullied to anyone else. Unfortunately, a demon named Lahmu finds out about the problems she is facing, and he is manipulative and corruptive.
- El Goonish Shive, Tedd swallows his longstanding fear of being called girly to support Susan in her cause by crossdressing at school. It's a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- One should note that crossdressing in this case meant wearing a vest. He didn't go all out and wear the skirt, which leads one to wonder if the hecklers were overreacting just a tad.
- Many instances in Gunnerkrigg Court:
- In Chapter 3: Reynardine, Annie throws Winsbury, who was bullying Kat.
- In Chapter 8: Broken Glass And Other Things, The faeries consider this a possibility.
- In Chapter 12: Mainly Involves Robots, Antimony thinks she should find out what happened to Robot
- In Chapter 13: A Week For Kat, in the teeth of the Green-Eyed Monster, Annie does it again.
- In Chapter 22: Ties, a young Eglamore stands up for a friend. "A noble act can not be dismissed."
- In Chapter 29: A Bad Start, a robot consoles another robot after a rude treatment.
- The Dreamland Chronicles:
- Felicity saves Alex from the dungeons.
- They save Felicity from the Kraken.
- Saving her from studies. So to speak
- The Beast Legion, Brilight saves Xeus in the nick of time from Dragos
- Bob and George: Zero
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl, The most common situation where Mike and Paulo aren't rubbing each other the wrong way.
- Megatokyo: Killing zombies together
- Wapsi Square: Katherine helping Monica
- Evil Diva: to a girl without lunch money,to a kitten—in spite of the trouble she gets into.
- In Strays, the blue-cloaked stranger pays for Meela.
- In Impure Blood, Anyone willing can come through me first—and Mac's willing to fight, too.
- In Prickly City, Carmen feels small, lost, and rudderless—Winslow offers to carry her for a time—and she feels big.
- In Nip and Tuck, after your dreams have crashed and burned — why not let a little girl actually have a dance? and more after you?
- In Endstone, Kyri promises Cole to be there when the power runs out.
- In Sinfest:
- Slick provides shelter, and is rewarded.
- Baby Blue warns Fuschia in time for her not to get caught by Satan
- Fuschia tries to cheer up Baby Blue.
- Monique shows Tangerine how shoes go—though she does expect Tangerine to reciporate. Then, those are Monique's shoes.
- Tangerine checks up on Lil Evil's shoes.
- After some temptation not to, Squigley comes through.
- Tea for the distraught.
- Seymour reacts strongly to the possibility of Lil E's being harmed.
- Bubbha to Slick's laptop.
- In Rusty and Co,
- In No Rest for The Wicked,
- Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright became a lawyer because of this trope. Never mind that said friend is someone Phoenix knew for eight months in grade school, and that he doesn't necessarily even want Phoenix's help in the first place.
- Aeka's route in Yume Miru Kusuri focuses on this. Kouhei starts as the only person who will speak to her. Except Kouhei still doesn't stand up for her until about 90% of the way through her route because he simply doesn't want to make trouble for himself. The rest of the class is even worse.
- The rationale behind the various Loyalty Missions in Mass Effect 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, Dragon Age, and Knights of the Old Republic. Examples include:
- Helping Neeshka prove she is the best thief in the city by breaking into the secure mansion of a famous art collector.
- Getting Bastila and her mother to reconcile their differences.
- Reuniting Thane Krios with his son.
- Getting Alistair in touch with his only remaining family.
- Helping Jolee's old war buddy with a murder charge.
- Helping Garrus track down the traitor who sold out his team to the people who killed them all.
- Killing Flemeth to ensure Morrigan doesn't become her next victim.
- Helping Khelgar complete his lifelong quest to become a monk.
- Also the climax of Neverwinter Nights 2, in which Garius tries to get several party members to betray you. Some of them even listen to him, if you were mean to them. Qara is especially hard to keep on your side.
- At the Betrayer's Gate in Mask of the Betrayer, you can set down a Line in the Sand for your entire party. If you treated them well, nobody refuses.
- Also, the reason Qara is so hard to keep on your side is because she's...very hard to get along with, and because if she does stick by your side, Sand goes to Garius instead. There is no middle ground, and Qara isn't very popular.
- At the Betrayer's Gate in Mask of the Betrayer, you can set down a Line in the Sand for your entire party. If you treated them well, nobody refuses.
- The scene immediately after The Reveal in Knights of the Old Republic, if you play it right. After Carth expresses his extreme doubts about your loyalty, you can ask each and every one of your crew if they will stand with you, and all of them back you up.
- In Planescape: Torment all your party members will one by one confront the Transcendent One and refuse its offer to betray the Nameless One and even attempt to put up a desperate fight against the monster.
- In Final Fantasy X, the whole gang goes off to rescue Yuna from her marriage to Seymour, despite pretty much effectively declaring war on the Yevon church.
- When Sora was about to be attacked by Riku, Goofy and Donald Duck stepped in, essentially breaking their promise to their king to stand by the one who held the Keyblade, which at this point, Riku had.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Cesar leading Carl to the Wham Mission is what solidifies the friendship between the two.
- Fading Hearts revolves around this trope, with Ryou trying to help his friends Claire and Rina with their problems. Claire's Jerkass boyfriend is verbally abusing her, while Rina's behaviour is becoming more evasive, making Ryou wonder what is really happening.
- In Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Elena keeps coming to Nate's rescue despite their prickly relationship, and almost gets killed by a grenade for her trouble. Compare her to Chloe, the sex kitten love interest of this instalment, who repeatedly gets the hell out of dodge and saves her own skin rather than stick around and help Nate.
- After an argument with Danny, Sam inadvertently wished they never met, causing a nearby Literal Genie to grant it; Danny ends up losing his powers and memories of her. With a ghost on the loose, Sam goes to great lengths to restore Danny back to normal, struggling since she only has herself to pull the whole thing off, not to mention Danny's great reluctance. He's grateful by end.
- The Disney version of The Jungle Book has a song about this very trope, performed by four friendly singing vultures to a depressed Mowgli. They do flee when Shere Kahn turns up, but during the fight they also swoop in and harass the tiger, so it's not like they were lying.
According to many YouTube videos, The United States towards Japan.
- Hey, friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.